Z Rohin Yimchunger
President, NNC (Parent Body)
My dear Naga people,
I salute you all in the name of the most gracious Heavenly Father and in the Naga National Parent Body on this auspicious occasion of the 73rd Naga Independence Day celebration on 14th August 2019. As we celebrate this day, we are grateful to the past, we remember all those who have contributed hitherto to the life and activities of the NNC Parent Body particularly the pioneers and the founders of the Naga Political Institution, who had struggled with the spirit and hope for the Naga Political Movement to keep alive and to declare that Nagas are not a lost people. Meanwhile, the Nagas are free from any ruler from the forefather’s time. Nagas have their own land, history, culture,andunique identity. We must thank oursenior leaders who took the right decision at the proper time: such as formation of Naga Club in 1918 which led to the consciousness of the Naga Political Movement, submission of memorandum to the Simon Commission on 10th January 1929 to leave the Nagas alone as a people of separate entity, declaration of Naga Independence day on 14th August 1947 and conducted plebiscite on May 16, 1951 that gave 99% mandate for Naga self-determination.
NNC was active from the late 1940s under the leadership of Angami Zapu Phizo. The Nagas comprising of 17 major tribes and 20 sub-tribes, united under the banner of NNC fought for Naga independence.Until 1957, NNC became the only Social-Political Institution of the Nagas, and experienced their strong sense of belonging and ownership in NNC history revealed that the unity was solid strong.
After a long military confrontation, an opportunity to seek peaceful means was provided, when NSCN (IM) and GoI entered into second ceasefire on 1st August, 1997 for a peaceful resolution to the Indo-Naga conflict. The process was further strengthened after the signing of the Framework Agreement in between GoI and NSCN on August 3, 2015. After the Naga National Council Parent Body (NNC-PB) joining into the umbrella of the seven (7) NNPGs working Committee under the leadership of its Convener Mr. N. Kitovi Zhimomi, a historic preamble agreement was signed with the Govt. of India on 17th November 2017. The talk between the Government of India and the (7) NNPGs is at the conclusive stage for honorable and acceptable solution.
God Bless Naga People.