January 2008 News
25th Jan 2008
Personality matters in carrying a weight of national movement. Sixty (60) years of Naga resistance against the Mighty Armed Forces of India is a matter of national personality built over defending the national principle. For the charismatic leadership of Isak Chishi Swu, Khodao Yanthan and Th. Muivah the principle that guided the Naga movement survived and refused to be cowed down, much to the chagrin of the government of India. The question of how to bring all the different groups under one banner is a serious question. It is not as easy as some civil societies think. The recent experience of Western Sumi Hoho and Sumi Hoho is a pointer to the fact that Naga unification is a sensitive issue and when handled the wrong way they will face brickbat and thrown out of the scene with their finger burnt, because no one can make rough-shod of the national principle while initiating Naga unification. The history of the national movement cannot be cut short just to fulfill the interest of certain sectarian group.
As presented by the group behind the flopped unification effort, the unification initiative is not a new thing for the Nagas. It is not a matter of somebody in the person of NSCN General Secretary Th. Muivah standing as a stumbling block. The issue was honouring the national principle in order to pursue the unification agenda. The issue of sixty years standing to be discussed by sidelining the national principle is unthinkable. Unification at the cost of our avowed principle is totally incomprehensible. This is all about the reason why the past records show failure after failure. There are many among the Nagas who came with a serious meaning to face the reality of Naga unification. But when encountered on the crucial question of defending the principle they showed their true colour.
In defense of national principle, how many can be counted as worthy national worker willing to drop their allegiance to the Indian security forces for conducting covert operation against NSCN and how many are willing to work in the true spirit of Naga integration under Nagalim. How many are willing to stop spitting venom of tribal line. How many are willing to depart from their alliance with Meiteis and some Kuki groups who are deadly against Naga unity and Naga – Kuki unity. And most of all how many are willing to resist the persistent effort of the government of India to pressurize the Nagas to seek solution under the Indian constitution. The prize of sixty years resistant and a lost of over 2,50,000 (two lacs fifty thousand) persons cannot be compromised for a prize that does not match our historical value.
GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM
Ministry of Information and Publicity
25th Jan 2008
War or Peace the professionalism of the Naga Army is maintained at the highest level to keep pace with the demanding situation. In keeping with this spirit Naga Army recruiting is a continuing process throughout the year.
The “Passing Out Ceremony” of the 6th batch of Mount Gilead Training Centre was held at Gilead Training Centre, Naga Army on January 25, 2008 with KP. Huray as the Chief Guest and Tongmeth Wangnao as the Guest of Honour. A thrilling foot and arms drill was displayed by the passing out trainees. Ready to face the arduous task in the service of the Nation, Oath of Allegiance was taken by the trainees before being declared fit for the Naga national service.
January 26, 2008
National Self Determination Key to Conflict Resolution
A JOINT STATEMENT BY THE COUNCIL OF KHALISTAN AND DAL KHALSA ON THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC ‘SARBAT KHALSA’
26 January 2008: On this day in 1986 the Sikhs held an historic Sarbat Khalsa (national gathering) and started to rebuild their supreme seat of Government, the Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar, destroyed by the Indian Army during the infamous Operation Bluestar in which Punjab was literally sealed off and thousands of Sikhs were brutally massacred.
Within days of the full withdrawal of the Indian Army from the Golden Temple Complex, more than 100,000 Sikhs had taken part in an extraordinary show of ‘people power’, not only to rebuild their sacred seat of power but their very destiny as a free Nation. It resolved unequivocally that the Sikh Nation would establish an independent sovereign Sikh state of Khalistan in accordance with their inalienable right of self determination as enshrined in international law.
The Sarbat Khalsa’s resolutions, being the freely expressed wishes of the Sikh Nation, underlined the legitimacy of the Sikh freedom struggle in terms of both international law and any concept of justice. They left no room for doubting the Sikhs’ absolute rejection of India’s purported claims to the Sikh homeland (and natural resources) and of the imperialist ‘constitution’ imposed by New Delhi on it; the Sikhs had spoken on the very day the adoption of that ‘constitution’ is annually marked by the Indian state. Having been politically out maneuvered the Indian state abandoned even the pretence of adherence to any norms of civilized conduct; basic human rights, including the right to life, were breached on a massive scale and as many as 250,000 Sikhs were killed in total, tens of thousands of those killings being ‘hidden’ by a (now exposed) systematic program of secret cremations. Today, India can still not afford to let bona fide international human rights organisations into the Punjab, for fear of them exposing the scale of its human rights violations. Meanwhile it regards local human rights bodies with contempt and has had several of their activists killed for exposing the secret cremations of Sikh youths eliminated in “encounters”. The grotesque human rights violations are now widely acknowledged by all serious observers of the conflict in Punjab, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Alarmingly for those who espouse democratic values and the right to free speech, the Indian state has criminalized even the making of peaceful demands for Sikh freedom and independence. Sikh leaders in Punjab calling for Sikh independence by exclusively peaceful means, in accordance with the right of self determination in international law are routinely imprisoned and charged with sedition. This is not the behavior of a legitimate aspirant to a permanent seat at the UN Security Council and we urge world leaders to put the credibility of that institution before short term expediency when considering that claim. In truth, the need of the hour is instead an international criminal court investigation in to the massive rights violations carried out by the Indian state, with war criminals seen to be punished.
The world in fact needs to look no further than India’s constitution to understand that this is a state unworthy of a place at the international top table. Articles 25 of that constitution, the adoption of which India formally ‘celebrates’ today as its ‘Republic Day’, defines Sikhs (along with Buddists and Jains) as “Hindus” for the purposes of the constitution and the associated legislation that governs personal law, religious places of worship. In giving effect to the provisions the Indian Supreme Court, seemingly without any apparent sense of embarrassment, opined in 2005 as follows:
“The so-called minority communities like Sikhs and Jains were not treated as national minorities at the time of framing the Constitution. Sikhs and Jains, in fact, have throughout been treated as part of the wider Hindu community which has different sects, sub-sects, faiths, modes of worship and religious philosophies. In various codified customary laws like Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Succession Act, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act and other laws of pre and post-Constitution period, definition of ‘Hindu’ included all sects, sub-sects of Hindu religions including Sikhs and Jains.”
This is just one example of how India is trying to destroy the nations and peoples under its control. From this ‘legislative genocide’ of their very identity, physical genocide by means of massive human rights violations, denial of fundamental freedoms to theft of their natural resources the Indian state has made a mockery of the ideals of the international community. We will continue to express our solidarity with other nations and peoples being subjugated by the Indian state, namely those in Indian-held Jammu & Kashmir, Nagalim, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, where today there is a mass boycott taking place of India’s so-called Republic Day.
Pending the formal liberation of Khalistan, the Sikhs of Punjab should take on de facto responsibility for the administration of their homeland where the machinery of the Indian state has lost all semblance of moral authority. The Sikh regiments in the Indian Army should be recalled to take over security in Punjab and put under the control of the local panchayats, allowing for the disbandment of the discredited Punjab Police; the farmers who have been reduced to poverty should no longer accept the terms of the Indian state for the purchase of their produce and instead trade directly with the international community; most of all the political class must learn to accept the will of the people for the benefit of all Punjabis.
Ultimately a UN sponsored plebiscite should be undertaken to re-affirm the democratic mandate for an independent sovereign state of Khalistan, but until that happens it would be sensible if those forces who have acted against the Sikh struggle for freedom to take a step back from confrontation and instead develop a meaningful dialogue to resolve matters. From the Nerhu – Gandhi family to (surprisingly by her own admission just days before her death) Benazir Bhutto who assisted India to suppress the Sikh freedom struggle, adversaries of the Sikhs have not fared well. There is a need for statesmanship, enlightened leadership and vision on all sides. Given India’s increasing profile in world affairs, we hope and trust the world community will demand that it matures before it makes any further claim to be able to represent civilized values on the global stage.
COUNCIL OF KHALISTAN DAL KHALSA
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Sensitive as the issue is, Naga unification need the backing of a strong moral conviction and exemplary national character with the visional commitment to respect the uniqueness of the Naga political character. This demands careful handling of the approach that reflects national support respecting the egos and sentiments of the components that built up Naga nation. This also gives us the interpretation that trust is a vital component of any relationship because trust is the foundation of any human relationship. But experiences of the past dictate that unprincipled relationship cannot build a strong unity. This is the matter that confronts the Nagas today. Those people who could not interpret ‘principle’ from the national point of view have not national commitment other than self-centered principle with headstrong approach to gain maximum benefits out of the national issue that has been displayed for sale by the anti-Naga forces. This is the tragic turn of events today when such issue of national importance was hijacked by persons that carry the tag of habitual defectors who refused to reform their character in keeping with their Oath of Allegiance to defend the interest of the Nagas at all cost and under any circumstances.
It is abominable for people without any national character in their face to have the temerity to take up such issue as Naga unity. Faith and hope is crucially important at such juncture of the Nagas. With faith there is hope, but unfortunately defectors have no people’s faith.
The Naga people are no doubt obsessed with unity because of their longing for peace. But to exploit this national obsession there should be initiators with strong moral integrity to get the full support of the Nagas. This is the stumbling block and nothing else in the presence scheme of Naga unification as initiated by some persons.
Killings have taken place for too long, and it is the desire of the Nagas that this senseless killing should stop. Nobody goes for the killings just for the heck of it. It is against national principle to align with the forces deployed for the purpose of suppressing the Naga’s struggle for regaining their political status. It is also national principle to align with the forces who are deadly against Indo-Naga solution. It is also against national principle to seek solution by surrendering to the constitution of India. Equally, anti national principle is the opposition to Naga integrative spirit of Nagalim. This is the principle that the NSCN is talking about and this is the principle that NSCN would like to be guided for Naga unity and Naga solution as well.
30 January, 2008 Morungexpress
‘Not passengers but drivers of peace process’
DIMAPUR, JANUARY 30 (MExN): “The journey has begun to bring all the Nagas together. March on, the Naga Hoho are with you” assured Naga Hoho vice president Keviletuo Kiewhuo to Shajouba villagers during the Charanghimei Chiitu Silver Jubilee celebration on January 29 at Shajouba village. While reminding that Shajouba village is the ‘epicenter of Naga history’ and that villagers being occupying a very historical place, Keviletuo, who was gracing the occasion as the chief guest of the silver jubilee celebration called upon the people of the village to make a new approach and direction to tell the people that ‘Nagas are one’ and to renew and revive and to march forward to lead the Naga people.
Keviletuo also while reminding the people that Nagas are at the verge of peace with the Indians, he further reminded that the people can’t leave everything at the hands of the national workers. He said, “let us not be a passenger in the peace process but let us be drivers.” Keviletuo also told the people not to wait but to take pro-active role in the peace process.
Also talking of the achievements and failures of the peace process, Keviletuo said that the achievements are more than failures. The Naga Hoho vice president also while reminding that Naga peace process is “deviating from settlement to unification and reconciliation” said the “priority should be settlement and honourable solution.” He said everyone, be it NSCN-IM, NSCN-K or NNC are for unity but, he further added, “we cannot have a uniformed unity but it has to be unity with a purpose.”
Also speaking on the theme of the jubilee ‘Celebrating Oneness’, Convenor organizing committee D.Besii said that “it is not numbers of clans or khels or villages or tribes but our common vision and united efforts towards achieving this aspiration of ‘oneness’ that binds us together. A common vision guided by the power of truth and wisdom of our elders which ensures the people liberty, justice, peace and human dignity”.
“From the plains of Brahmaputra to the Chindwin and from the Patkai to the Shiroi the common aspiration of the Nags to live as a free nation is the premise of Naga oneness” he further added. Though the Nagas are devided by artificial boundaries, the Naga nation is one because no force on earth can remove the beacon in our hearts that is calling out for Naga to be free in oneness. It is the Naga spirit that holds the key to the oneness of Naga nationhood” he added.