Of Axone, bamboo shoot & Naga chilli’: Stories from Naga political journey

Of Axone, bamboo shoot & Naga chilli’: Stories from Naga political journey
Lt. Gen. Anthony Ningkhan Shimray. (Morung Photo)


Lt. Gen. Anthony Ningkhan Shimray recounts stories of their revolutionary struggle at ANSAM Conclave


Morung Express News

Tahamzam (Senapati) | November 20


Lt. Gen. Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, Longvibu (Commander-in-Chief) of the Naga Army, NSCN (IM)/GPRN, today recalled that through the years of their revolutionary struggle, it was axone, bamboo shoot, dry meat and Naga chilli that propelled their team on.


He said this while conducting a Story Telling session on the Naga Journey and Walking the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement at the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) Conclave underway from November 19 to 21 at Tahamzam, Senapati.


“We had no money to buy food or hire hotel rooms so I always carried these items in my bag,” said Lt. Gen. Anthony Ningkhan Shimray while highlighting their struggles through their time in various countries.


In the one room they could acquire, Late Isak Chishi Swu would be given the bed with the rest of them, including Th. Muivah and Shimray, sleeping on the floor. When the elders travelled alone, they shared house chores—the Chairman made rice and washed the dishes while the General Secretary cooked curry, swept the floor and washed the clothes.


“It was a very difficult struggle. We could have died of dehydration or malaria in the jungles if not for God,” noted Shimray who was confined to Tihar jail for years following his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India.


“Everyone thought it impossible to come out but the Tihar walls crumbled like the walls of Jericho. If not for the united and collective voice of our people and their prayers, I would still have been in Tihar,” the leader admitted.


Other sessions at the ANSAM Conclave today included ‘Land, population, education and economy of the district,’ the ‘story of Nagas beyond borders’ and ‘Position of tribals in Manipur.’