An open letter to Gen. (Retd) Thinoselie M. Keyho

Dear Sir,

While the Naga people and the Nation ought to be indebted and grateful to you for your contributions for the Naga Cause, my attention has been drawn to your letter “A Personal Sadness” published in the local dailies on 19th February, 2007 and felt the necessity of stating a few facts on behalf of the many people who consider Brig. (Retd) S.Singnya as a fatherly figure and a hero.

Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya, Kedahge of the Federal Government has been a role model and an inspiration for many of us. His dedication and commitment to the Naga National cause is considered second to none. He may lack educational qualification but God has been gracious in bestowing him with wisdom and leadership qualities. Many of his contemporary dedicated national workers except for a very few were highly qualified but integrity and patriotism mattered more than educational qualification and most people were not aware that the lack of a high educational degree is a disadvantage in the service of the nation before you noticed and mentioned it.

To my knowledge, Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya has never sought for positions or leadership but when he was thrust with the responsibility of the Kedahge of the FGN, he had accepted with a sense of duty and he will continue to discharge his responsibilities so long as he enjoys the confidence and support of the FGN leaders. And I can vouch with conviction that he would gracefully step down the moment he loses their confidence and support being fully aware that a leader can legitimately lead as a popular leader only as long as he enjoys the confidence and support of the majority of the members. Today many institutions and organizations have been weakened and damaged beyond repair because some leaders adamantly refuse to pave the way even after losing the confidence and support of the members thereby creating more differences, leading to groupism within the organization and division of the institution. If we dig deep enough into the causes of why the NNC has splintered into so many groups today we may be able to unearth the reasons behind and the person/s responsible for the divisions.

Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya is one of the leaders responsible for the survival and continuity of the NNC and the FGN. At a time while many Naga leaders including you were able to sleep peacefully in the comfort of your homes, he had to live and sleep in the dense jungles far away from civilization, hunted in his own land all for the sake of the noble Naga cause.

Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya was and still is the Champion of the Naga National movement from my community, a leader of integrity and an adherent to the Naga ideals and dreams. A leader of his stature who is admired and commands respect can never be a mere rubber stamp. He leads from the front and contributes positively for the Naga Nation with his vast experiences and his unwavering attachments to the Naga aspirations. As the Kedahge of the FGN, being the chief executive of the FGN, he acts responsibly and rationally with maturity and wisdom. In any democratic government action based on collective decisions can hardly be considered unconstitutional. For the record, he cannot and he does not have the liberty to act at his own discretion or at the behest of individuals, his actions are based on collective decisions.

It is also most unfortunate that a leader of your stature who was once considered sacrosanct and revered can easily label another Naga leader Mr. Senka Ao as a defector and betrayer. To which group has he defected to and whom did he betray? To my limited knowledge and understanding the NNC does not demand loyalty to any individual but to the Yehzabo of Nagaland and the National goal. I believe abiding by the popular decision is the best policy because democratic institutions cannot practically function like the authoritarian institution of one man rule and one man decision.

PS to Kedahge, FGN
Federal Government of Nagaland
Oking: Nagaland