FNR, NPGs resolve to ‘legally’ adopt Naga National Anthem

Members of FNR and NPGs during their meeting on April 13 in Dimapur. (Photo Courtesy: FNR)

Members of FNR and NPGs during their meeting on April 13 in Dimapur. (Photo Courtesy: FNR)

Dimapur, April 15 (MExN): The meetings of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and Naga Political groups (NPGs) on March 6 and April 13 have resolved to “legally adopt Naga National Anthem,” written and composed by late R Kevichusa. 

The resolution added that NPGs, institutions of learning, Naga civil bodies, and all other organisations shall sing the Naga National Anthem on important occasions, effective upon its publication in the media.

A statement issued by the FNR further informed that during the April 13 meeting, it was also agreed the upcoming Naga Plebiscite Day on May 16 would be marked by a special programme in Dimapur  to be organised by the Forum with the support of NPGs and other Naga bodies to commemorate the “Naga common political history and move forward without delay.” 

To this end, FNR and the NPGs requested individuals, institutions and civil society organisations (CSOs) across Naga areas to attend and show solidarity. 

The April 13 meeting also took serious cognisance of FNR’s resolution that, “We (NPGs) have understood and affirmed the importance of working out the Naga political process through cooperation as agreed in the ‘September Joint Accordant’” signed on September 14, 2022. 

The meeting also reminded the NPGs to once again, honour the “Covenant of Reconciliation” signed on June 13, 2009, by the highest level leaderships, in toto, it added. 

As per the FNR, Naga history has always withstood the test of times, baffling activists and insiders alike. 

The converging of NPGs, CSOs, churches, prayer centres and citizens from across Naga areas c with a renewed spirit of imagining the Naga future at the Nurturing Naga Peoplehood:  Liberating the Naga Spirit,” from February 16 to 18, 2024 in Kutsapo was one such journey, it noted. 

This was strengthened by subsequent meetings of the NPGs and the FNR in Kohima, on March 2, followed in Dimapur on March 6.  The latest meeting was held in Dimapur on  April 13. 

These meetings were both critical reflections coupled with constructive appraisals of the Journey of Common Hope, it added. 

The FNR also stressed that the constructive Journey of Common Hope is the practice of Naga sovereignty without impinging anyone.

“The Naga identity is not without a boundary as all identities imply a boundary. We affirm that Naga identity is permeable,” it added.