SPEECH OF THE CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL SOCIALIST COUNCIL OF NAGALIM AT THE CIVIC RECEPTION ORGANISED BY NAGA COMMUNITY, DELHI ON JANUARY 23, 2011 AT 61 LODHI ESTATE, NEW DELHI.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
I thank God for giving us this opportunity to come together once again. I am indeed overwhelmed by the warm reception accorded to me and my entourage by the Naga community in Delhi. It is not the first time that you have shown your love and respect to the Collective Leadership whenever we arrive here. The solidarity demonstrated expresses Nagas’ stand together as one family for the sacred cause of our land, people, identity and the right to decide our own future. We are strengthened because of you.
Today, at the invitation of the Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the NSCN Leadership is here in New Delhi for the purpose of furthering the political negotiation towards concretizing into a final solution. We acknowledge the positive attitude and the effort of the Indian Government for creating such a conducive atmosphere. On our part, true to our commitment given to the Indian leaders, we are prepared to work out what is honorable and mutually acceptable to both sides for a just and lasting solution. It will be prudent for the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim not to miss this opportunity to resolve the issue while the finest moment is at hand.
Back home, we are seriously concerned about the differences in our understanding within the Naga family. As such, ‘Unity through Reconciliation’ among the Nagas is the need of the hour. I stand by the Covenant of Reconciliation where we agreed to reconcile, based on, ‘the historical and political rights of the Nagas’ and thus, I gave my signature as the Chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim. Facilitated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), we are prepared to meet at the Highest Level soon. I urge you to continue to support and pray for this reconciliation process among the Nagas. The forces to destroy and divide the Nagas will always be there, but if the people understand the issue and love their land, we can always prevail upon those destructive forces. It is my firm conviction that despite our differences and past mistakes, we should be truthful to God and sincere in our approach for a genuine reconciliation and pave the way for peace and prosperity.
My dear Naga brothers and sisters living in Delhi, as you are exposed to a new environment away from home, one can be susceptible to succumb to undesirable situation if unguarded. Therefore, it is wise to safeguard oneself from moral and spiritual degeneration as well as from the danger of cultural assimilation. We must preserve the Naga customary and traditional values and remain connected to our root which is our identity.
As we enter the world of competition and technology, we must be prepared to face these new challenges to our advantage. I am happy to know that besides students and a huge number of working men and women in diverse fields, we have a good number of technologists, scholars and intellectuals from our community in Delhi. I can proudly say that you are second to none. I urge you to be proactive to issues that are confronting our nation and the society today, with positive mind. Because you have better opportunities to show the world that Nagas are hardworking, honest and freedom loving people. I have faith in you and once again remind each and every one of you of the responsibilities to contribute towards the nation building.
May the Almighty God bless you all.