GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S NAGALIM
Ministry of Information & Publicity.
Press Release on Military Change of Guard.
30th November 2011.
Leadership comes and goes but the torch of liberation must be carried forward. Likewise, a time comes for a leader to retire so as to pave way for the next in line to lead the march. Thus, having served faithfully and whole heartedly for 37 years, 3 months and 18 days in the army, Lt.Gen.Ng. Markson, VC retired honorably from the military on 30th Nov.2011 and the mantle of Naga Army leadership fell upon Maj.Gen. Phungthing Shimrang hence by the orders of His Excellency Isak Chishi Swu, the YARUIWO. Meanwhile, Markson is appointed as the Chairman of Military Council, in the rank of a Cabinet.
From a mere private soldier to the top position of Naga Army, Lt.Gen. Ng.Markson VC has certainly attained the status of a living legend. The details account of his invaluable contributions and achievements, have been well recorded in the book of Naga History. He is a committed worker. His total loyalty to the nation and his leadership is highly commendable. Recognizing his bravery in the battlefields and hard-earned achievements, he has been decorated with the highest military awards-Victory Cross. He shall always be remembered as one of the national heroes of the Nagas. We believe that he will serve the Nation in the Civil set up with equal spirit and commitment for the rest of his national service. May God bless him!