SPEECH OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR ISAK CHISHI SWU YARUIWO OF THE REPUBLIS OF NAGALIM ON THE OCCASION OF THE 64TH NAGA INDEPENDENCE DAY, 14TH AUGUST 2010.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
My Dear Citizens of Nagalim,
I greet you all in the name of the Creator.
On this historic day, I salute all sons and daughters of the soil who have performed acts of greatest courage in circumstances of extreme danger and have laid down their lives for us and for our Motherland. May God bless them all.
On August 14, 1947, A Z Phizo, the then President of the Naga National Council, proclaimed the Independence of Nagalim, unifying all Naga areas including free Nagalim, endorsing copies to the United Nations and India. The Naga people still uphold the proclamation and will faithfully continue to uphold it
I pay tribute to all the parents and family members of all those people who have sacrificed their precious lives for the liberation of Nagalim.
I really appreciate all the citizens of Nagalim, public leaders, churches, various civil societies, village chiefs and all the national workers for the selfless and tireless services rendered for the liberation of Nagalim.
I am very thankful to all the national workers for their unflinching loyalty to the Collective Leadership and tireless service to the nation.
I want to tell all the citizens of Nagalim that the Naga people should be very grateful to the International Organizations and individuals from foreign countries that are extending their priceless support and help to the Naga people without expecting any return from us. We will always remember them with love and thanks. We will never forget them.
I extend my greetings to all the soldiers and other national workers who are in the field, in hospital, in enemy’s prison and so on.
In addition to the proclamation of Independence, the Naga people expressed their will through the method of a free and fair plebiscite, and the result of the plebiscite was 99.9% for a Free Sovereign Naga Nation. The result of the referendum was communicated to the United Nations, the British Government and the Government of India. The Naga took the right decision at the right time which set the course of the Naga nation to the right direction.
The National Socialist Council of Nagalim has never closed the door on reconciliation. The NSCN is sincere and committed to the Naga Reconciliation Naga at the highest level based on the historical and political rights of the Nagas. The NSCN is also grateful to the Forum for their tireless efforts. When I gave my signature in the covenant of Reconciliation as the Yaruiwo of the Republic of Nagalim, my heart filled with great pride and hope. I still have not given up that hope because it is the only way for the Nagas to understand together. It is quite natural that elements to sabotage the reconciliation and unity among the Nagas would be active. But when the people do not waver in their decision for national cause such elements will simply vanish themselves.
Political negotiation with the Government of India has been continuing for more than 13 years now. I thank the Naga people for the patience and valuable inputs from various individuals and organizations. I assure the Naga people once again that NSCN has not compromised and will not compromise on the issue that will endanger our future. We can only find a political settlement with India on the basis of the recognition of unique history of the Nagas by the government of India on 11 July 2001 in Amsterdam. Any Indo-Naga political solution will be on the basis of the uniqueness of the Naga history. I also caution the Naga people against the propaganda and disinformation by certain vested interest that would disturb the ongoing political talks with Government of India. Our history is very clear to us; our issue is very clear and our right is also very clear to us. We are not confused; we know what is best for us and we will decide for our own future, not by others.
Nagas also need to be able of distinguishing the wolves from the sheep. The enemy at times will come in sheep’s skin or with angelic voice but its ultimate objective is to keep us under perpetual subjugation. Therefore, it will keep us (the Nagas) mercilessly divided and sub-divided so that we will never get strong. Time has come for the Naga people to say “a big no” to the pseudo-patriots as well as reactionary traitors straightaway. Those who shout unity and reconciliation at the top of their voices are found sowing tirelessly the seeds of discord, distrust and disinformation. As for the NSCN, it will not shirk from the national responsibility entrusted upon it even by condemning such people, whoever she or he may be. Because we know for sure, he or she who cannot stand up for the cause of freedom in life or in death is not worthy of freedom.
Sometimes the invaders come in the guise of rescuers and start oppressing the local population to meet their selfish ends. If the oppressed people mistake the oppressors for rescuers, the oppressed people will continue to work for the oppressors. They will never be liberated. Without being able to recognize the invaders, how can they say they are struggling for liberation? Rather, they are struggling for subjugation.
Great improvement has been made in the functioning of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim during this period of ceasefire both at the centre and the regions. We must continue to give efforts to meet the challenges of the future. I urge the individuals who are holding responsibilities in the government not to part with qualities of a true patriot. Individual character is the foundation on which a nation stands. If the persons in the authority loss their character, there is a real danger for the nation for which you choose to serve. Every NSCN member should be aware of this danger. Because it is the only enemy that can destroy our foundation and nation.
The National Socialist Council of Nagalim will never betray the National Principle.
The National Socialist Council of Nagalim will never betray the Naga people. National Socialist Council of Nagalim will never betray God.
Glory to God.
K U K N A L I M.
Isak Chishi Swu