12th July 2010
Reflecting the overwhelming spirit that has taken hold of the Zeliangrong people on the peace and reconciliation mission initiated by Hon’ble Ato Kilonser Th.Muivah a grand reception was accorded at Peren town. Significantly, every Zeliangrong village starting from Medziphema to Peren town were waiting on the road with the welcome banner.School children in uniform with flags in their hands lined up the roads as the entourage crossed one village after another. Ato Kilonser was so impressed at the manner of arrangement that look dignified in more than one way. He commended that Peren is our last stop under the ongoing reconciliation mission but it has turned out to be the best in every respect. ‘It is inspiring to witness such beautiful reception and a huge turn out of the public’ he said.
Touching on the topic he said that we cannot remain like this. We have to understand each other. If the Nagas failed this time we would be a lost people without hope. We must step forward to correct ourselves, leaving aside individual’s interest, he added. He also said that God knows what is best for the Nagas but if the Nagas cannot realize this there lies the problem and there is danger. God gave eternal salvation to the Nagas and has solved our problem but if we are not serious of this there is problem.
He enlighten the Zeliangrong people that God gave the Nagas its land, history and right. And not the Indian or Chinese or the people who gave the Nagas the land and history. This is the most precious thing he added. With this he drive home the point that the foundation of the Naga nation is laid down by God.
Showing his respect to what Jadonang was for the Zeliangrong people he said that Jadonang knew that the British people are not the master of the Nagas, but master of themselves. He goes on to explain that Nagas are not created to be under the British or India’s control. And the way Jadonang think is correct though he may not know God.
Recollecting those days he said that once upon a time Nagas were not a united force. There was constant fighting among the villages. Today we have the spirit and the feeling to fight for our right. And this is our strength. He explained that Naga’s future will be in danger if this is not realized. Jadonang and Phizo are gone but if we know our rights we can be the strongest nation. And there will be no tomorrow or today for the Nagas.
He keeps reminding that it was the right decision taken by the NNC at the right time that save the Naga nation. He thank God for giving such wisdom to the NNC leaders. He said that after the British left India the Mizo people, Khasis, Garos, Meiteis, Assamese, Hyderabad and Jammu and Kashmir was never able to take the right decision and today they are all under Indian union. But the Nagas took the right decision to stay separate from India as an independent nation. NNC must have received inspiration from Jadonang.
He narrated how the Nagas stood their ground for more than 60 years notwithstanding the fact that Nehru helplessly tried to finish the Nagas by military force but failed miserably. And he brought the point how India ultimately gave up use of military means to solve Naga problem, to initiate signing ceasefire with NSCN to kick off the peace process.
If Nagas do the will of God He will always be there for us he said.
Bringing back the glorious days of NNC he said that NNC took two historical decision to be their own master and to make Nagaland for Christ, and explain that this decision has guided the Nagas throughout.
The unfortunate story of Shillong Accord and how NSCN came into being to save the Naga nation was perspectively explained. The biggest achievement of Indo-Naga peace process which comes in the form of India giving recognition to unique history and situation of the Nagas in the year 2002,July 11 at Amsterdam was shared to the Zeliangrong people, and he explain further that the people must know the peace process started and how and where it is going.
On reconciliation he said it should be brought about accepting that it is the will of God for the Nagas to forgive each other, and for political solution it should be based on Naga’s historical facts recognized by India. He added that the interest of Phizo or NNC or Khaplang or Isak-Muivah should matters in this crucial decision.
But he makes it a point to say that in the name of peace and reconciliation Nagas should not be misled. There should be no confusion
He fervently appealed to the Zeliangrong people to understand the step taken by NSCN and promise that NSCN will never betray the people.