Tribute to Isak on 50 years of “national service”

Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 28 

The NSCN (IM) today paid tributes to its chairman Isak Chishi Swu on what was stated to be his 50 years in “service”. In an article on Swu in a “news bulletin” of the  MIP, the NSCN (IM) said Isak’s entry into the ‘national arena’ was during when “political expediency of the Nagas during the time was critically demanding”. He “came into the scene at the right time” when the Nagas were faced with a situation of crisis at the top of the Naga “revolutionary leadership”. The outfit also claimed his entry as “God given leadership to the Naga people” affirmed by his “re-election” for the “4th term” in January, 2005. 

The MIP said the characteristics of “national” struggle during the time of Isak Chishi Swu were “remarkably noticed by leaps, catastrophes and revolution”. With the active support of his comrades, there was witnessed a drastic change in the face of Naga revolution”, the article maintained. It further commented that the so-stated “revolutionary movement” took a “leap forward in the development of Naga struggle when quantitative changes turned into qualitative ones”.  

Giving a brief review of his 50 years in “national service”, Isak while speaking about the travails and hurdles said he was convinced that the ‘ups and downs of life’ helped in “coming closer to God”. “The introspection of half a century service that I have given for the nation is a reflection of how the Lord responded magnificently to the nation building process”, Isak stated.

On the present political dialogue, Isak maintained that the Indian leadership realizing the futility of adopting a military approach, sent feelers to the NSCN (IM) for political dialogue. “They too understand well that Khaplang or NNC do not represent the issue”, Isak asserted pointing out that “dead organizations and wrong leadership can never represent the Naga people”. Isak also lamented ‘the motive’ behind ‘the recent happenings’. “People from some quarters claimed India has stopped killing Nagas, but this defies the ground reality”, Isak states adding that the “enemy is still killing the Nagas through the persons of Nagas”. 

According to him “We have withstood trials and ordeals many a time” and crisis of any sort is “no stranger to the revolutionary people”. That solution will ‘neither come from the east nor the west’ he asserted that “It will come only from our firm stand for the principle and for me the chosen banner is Nagalim for Christ”. Under this banner of “Nagalim for Christ” he asserted to remain ‘faithful to the people’, the cause and “the Lord”.

In a small booklet titled “My Brief Autobiography”, Isak goes on to recall his joining “national service” in the year 1958; his appointment to the post of “foreign secretary” in 1959 and elevation to “chaplee kilonser”; 1964 ceasefire and political talks and the subsequent ceasefire in August 1, 1997. Isak also gives account of the association with China and his meeting with Chou En Lai, the then premier of China besides his trip in 1968 as the “president’s special envoy”.

On the controversial Shillong Accord, Isak stated that after ‘ascertaining the news’, letters were sent to Phizo “consecutively for three times”. The first and second letters were written in Angami language signed by him while seven members signed the third letter. Isak goes on to explain that ‘in spite of repeated requests’, Phizo never condemned the accord. 

“Ultimately, the pro-Shillong Accord elements at the instance of the signatories staged a military coup where all the top leaders including Muivah and myself were arrested and kept in military custody”, Isak recalled. During the 18-month long detention, attempts were made to eliminate them. Isak further discloses that the “midan peyu” of Yutang Lainung, Pawon objected to the attempts to execute “national leaders” in his region. Likewise, “Lt. col” Kholi and Konyak “national workers” were also strongly opposed to their execution, Isak stated.

The NSCN (IM) chairman went on to give brief explanation of the formation of the ‘national socialist council of Nagalim’ in the year 1980; the “abortive coup attempt” in 1988 and the NSCN’s foray into the “international center stage” including the participation in the UN conference of the Working Group on Draft Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples at Geneva from July 19-30, 1993.

Organizational representatives from Eastern Naga People’s Organsation, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Naga Students’ Federation, Nagaland Baptist Churches Council, United Naga Council, Naga Council Dimapur and Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur spoke on the occasion and expressed hope that the Isak lives long to witness the dream of Naga people fulfilled.