Message to the Ao people



I am overwhelmed by the clarity of the Ao people concerning the Naga national stand and I thank you for the affectionate welcome accorded to me and my entourage. We have come here for peace and reconciliation and the participation of your people from the six ranges of Mokokchung district in the civic reception organized by the Ao Senden has once again given us the finest opportunity to understand the Ao community. I also have faith that the open interaction will be a step towards strengthening the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process.
We have to search our hearts together to claim our future. We must choose what is right here on earth. The question of right choice during the transformation of history is crucial. Shouldn’t we decide what is best for us? Leaders like Late Imkongmeren, Late Imkongnganshi and surviving army Generals including; Gen. Sanis, Gen. Maken, Gen. Panger Walling and Gen. Merentoba and many other patriots from Ao areas had done the best they could. Kindly allow me also to acknowledge the contribution of Tajenyuba Ao who stood for what was right and helped our cause to the end of his life. He had done his part and stood for our history and that cannot be forgotten.
Today is our time and the right opportunity has come for us to take decisions on issues that are indispensable. When we make a wrong choice we cannot blame others for the blunder. Let us know the importance and significance of the past. The Ao people had provided leadership in the field of education, politics and Christianity and became a bridge for God’s kingdom to many of the other Naga tribes. That is your amazing contribution. Your people had exercised wisdom and took the right decision that indeed has stood as a testimony for Christ. You were unfaltering and we thank God for such leadership. May God bless you abundantly.
Even today decisiveness is required from every Naga individual and tribe. Your decision to uphold the Hebron mandate of 2005 for an honourable political settlement based on the “uniqueness of Naga history and situation” and “through peaceful means” is indeed significant. It has once again proved your political vision to provide leadership in seeking peaceful political solution to the more than six decades old Indo-Naga issue.
For the past many years the states and a number of Nagas had connived to construe the Naga issue as an internal law and order problem and legitimized their position through Accords and Agreements. However, the current political peace process at the highest level, without pre-condition and outside India in a third country entails that the Naga issue is political and all past Agreements and Accords arrived at without the consent and wish of the Nagas do not bind the Nagas, including the 16 point agreement and the 1975 Shillong Accord.
The journey for peace and reconciliation must have a foundation based on the Naga national principles, firstly, respect for the “Unique history and situation of the Nagas” that is now officially recognized by the Government of India and Secondly, respect for our national slogan, “Nagalim for Christ” because it is only under oath in the name of God that we can expect true reconciliation amongst the Nagas.
Reconciliation is a continuous process and it will be arrived at respecting our inherent rights and aspiration and not on the whims of any individual or organizations. If any group or section of our people does not subscribe to these principles than we must know that they do not believe and respect in true reconciliation.
Our history is precious to us and we will not allow our rights to be subjected to any one neither shall we accept any imposition on us. The Government of India and its Prime Minister had assured the Nagas represented by the National Socialist Council of Nagalim that it will seek an honourable negotiated political settlement that is acceptable to both the entities. We believe that such political solution should be brought about through the blessings of the Naga people.
Our journey to Longkhum and Mengmetong was a moving experience. We had gone there in search of our historical roots. We salute and give our respect to the national leaders because they had saved our history and future. It is pertinent to know why Longkhum and Mongmetung were burnt by the Indian security forces for about six to twenty-one times respectively. Several other Naga people and their villages who had valued their rights and stood against the wave of domination and repression from the forces trying to crush their aspiration met with the same fate.
My dear Ao people, your understanding of the current political dialogue is well appreciated and I earnestly appeal that you should not be silent about the truth you know but carry on showing the way. We will also do our part and assure you that we will come to you in the event of a final political settlement.
May God bless you. Kuknalim.

Mokokchung: 2nd July 2010 Th. Muivah

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