‘Let us rise up together’

Speech of Yilow Humtsoe, Acting President, NNC (Parent Body) on Naga National Plebiscite Day


Dear Naga people,

Today the 16th May 2019 is our 69th anniversary of Naga National Plebiscite Day, therefore, let us all observe and celebrate our National Freedom Day. On 16th May 1951 our elders, leaders and people conducted Plebiscite to decide democratically the fate of the Naga people to remain independent as a result of which 99.9% voted in favour of sovereign independent state of all the inhabited land of the Nagas. This has become our inalienable political right for freedom of recognition as a people and nation.


I also on behalf of the Naga National Council greet all the Naga people throughout the inhabited land of the Nagas and beyond on this occasion of our National Plebiscite Day.


Let us also remember our elders, leaders and martyrs’ who conducted this historic Plebiscite and moreover the sacrificial deeds of our martyrs for Naga freedom. The Naga people of the present and future generation must remember and honor this Day in memory of all the sacrificial deeds done by them for our freedom.


At this crucial stage of our fight for freedom of recognition in negotiation it is truly necessary for the Naga National Political Groups who stood firm for Historical and Political Rights to come together to reason out the best political solution for the entire inhabited land of the Nagas before it is too late.


The NNC with regret must say that we the National leaders/Groups missed some of the best political opportunities in the past because of our stubbornness, hatred, jealousy and division within ourselves. In fact, it is because of our sin we are suffering too long and our fate is at stake. Let us reflect upon ourselves and realized the reality. May God help us to realized the urgency at the last moment for the betterment and achievement.


The Government of India (GOI) is taking full advantage of our weaknesses and divisions by creating more problems and dragging the political issues intentional to finish it. But GOI cannot trample the Naga inalienable rights of the people of seven long decades problem of occupation which are well known to the entire world and the Naga people in toto will never give up our right of freedom till we achieve politically for posterity.


The North East Indigenous people must stand firmly together geographically, politically, culturally, religiously and physically to defend our God given precious and rich land for survival as our existence are threatened by the immigrants and religious fanatics.


The North East Christians must always stand strong together to defend and protect our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour as this is being seriously threatened by others’ religious extremism. We cannot remain silent in this matter of serious threat as invading forces are advancing to dominate our race and blessed land. God forbid.


Let us rise together in this time to defend ourselves with one and only strength to overcome all these dangerous fanaticism emerging out openly to take over our land by force without any mercy. Therefore, let us rise up together before it is too late.


The Naga people on behalf of the North East Christian people appeal to the Christian community of the world to help and defend our stand and cause for posterity.

In conclusion, I once again wish to greet all the Naga people and the North East people on this occasion of Naga National Plebiscite Day. God bless us all.

KUKNALIM.