Gen. (Retd) Kholi after his formal joining of the NSCN (IM) on March 12, 2016. (File Photo)
NSCN (IM) vice-president passes away in Delhi
Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 12
The Vice-Yaruiwo or the Vice-President of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isaac-Muivah) General (Retd) Kholi Chetkoh Konyak passed away today at a private hospital in New Delhi after a brief illness.
According to sources, Kholi was admitted to New Delhi’s Fortis Hospital on December 11 and died a day after around 2:00 pm, Wednesday.
A widely regarded leader across the Naga political spectrum, Kholi joined the ‘Naga National cause in 1956’ and had said earlier that he was “faithful to the cause” and still “committed to contribute myself to the cause of the Naga Nation and her people.”
Initially, he was with NSCN (Khaplang) that broke away from the original NSCN, and thereafter the GPRN/NSCN in 2011, which later entered into a ceasefire with the Government of India.
On March 12, 2016, the departed leader formally joined the NSCN (IM) in “order to forge a common future for the Naga People” at his “own volition as a responsible leader.”
According to sources, the Naga Community Delhi will hold a condolence programme for Kohli on December 13 at Nagaland House, APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi from 4:00 pm.
The service will have speeches by Ato Kilonser NSCN (IM), Th Muivah, senior members of NSCN/GPRN, family members, Naga tribals, students and other organisation as well as representative from the Government of India.
His mortal remain will be brought to Nagaland a day later on December 14, followed by a ‘State Funeral.’
Meanwhile, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has described Kholi as a legend who is a “testament for the Nagas of all generations.”
“The legend has gone! One of the most decorated Naga freedom fighters, who from a young age, spanning over seven decades gave everything for the Naga nation, has written Naga history by the life of the Gen (Retd) Kholi Konyak,” the FNR noted.
He is gone but his spirit is alive and will live until Naga aspiration becomes tangible, it added in a condolence message.
Khole advocated and stood for Naga reconciliation and unity till his last breath and today the Nagas are reaping his commitment to Naga reconciliation, the FNR added.
Saluting the departed leader, the FNR “with deep respect pray for his eternal rest in the arms of the One whom he loved and remained faithful.”
“Our prayers are for his family members and the government he leaves behind that peace that passes all human understanding will be theirs to have in such a time.”