“We shall uphold the recognized unique history and sovereign right of the Nagas at all cost, and no other agreement should come in between”, Tuccu said.
National Socialist Council of Nagalim or the NSCN (I-M) chairman Q Tuccu on Tuesday stated that any move for “solution or unity and reconciliation” betraying the set principle is “treason”. He said that the group’s “confrontation with the aggressors is principle-based; our negotiation is principle-based and solution is also to be principle-based”.
“No one should doubt about it that NSCN is definitely for unity of all Nagas, but in the line of the principle” he said this while delivering his speech on the occasion of 44th Raising Day on January 31 at Hebron headquarters.
He paid homage to all those Nagas who have laid down their lives for the cause of “Nagalim for Christ” and expressed gratitude to both civil and military setups, civil societies and Churches.
On the occasion of the raising day, Tuccu also thanked the international community and friends of the Naga people stating “The phantom of colonialism is still haunting the weaker nations everywhere in the world today, which I feel, should be stopped with collective efforts”.
Delving on history, the chairman said that on January 31, 1980, NSCN was formed and “mandated by the National Assembly to salvage the nation from ‘getting lost in the hands of the enemies and traitors”.
“Ever since NSCN came into being we NSCN have proved ourselves as the bona fide Naga national workers who fought for the historical and sovereign rights of the Naga people”, said Tuccu.
He reminded that “NSCN was built on the foundation of Naga national principles. We have to stand guard that we do not deviate from what NSCN stands for. The objectives of the manifesto of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) is mainly to safeguard and maintain the fundamental principles of Sovereign Independent Christian Socialist Democratic Republic of Nagalim founded on solid ground of our centuries old social system and modern socio-political scenario”.
Tuccu said that in the past years many “faithful members who died in defense of the national principles. This is, therefore, an occasion to pay our highest respect to the brave hearts. We have come this far because of their courage and sacrifice in upholding the national principles at the cost of their precious lives. They went through horrendous times amidst tears, sweat and blood to show the way for the future of Naga nation”.
“Let us continue to exercise our revolutionary responsibility in order to fulfill the high level of faith and trust reposed in us by the people. NSCN is indeed mandated by the Naga people to negotiate with the Government of India for bringing an honourable solution to the long-drawn Indo-Naga political problem. So far, we have not wavered in defending the sovereign rights of the Naga nation. This is well reflected when we signed the historic Framework Agreement the on 3 August, 2015, in the presence of the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi” said the NSCN (I-M) chairman.
He also pointed out that 2022 was a challenging year for NSCN as it was placed in an unpredictable situation as the “Government of India failed to respect the commitment to solve the Naga issue based on the Framework Agreement”. “We shall hold the ground and never surrender our sovereign right, our land and our people at any eventuality. Let me be very clear that in the course of pursuing Naga solution on the basis of the Naga national principles, we shall uphold the recognized unique history and sovereign right of the Nagas at all cost, and no other agreement should come in between”, he added.
Tuccu asserted that Nagas cannot afford to dilute the sanctity of the Naga political issue under any pretext. Ever since NSCN brought Nagalim as a bona fide member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) on January 23, 1993, the world has been watching the unfolding development between the Nagas and the Indians vis-a-vis the Indo-Naga political talks. Significantly, Naga political issue came into the world focus when the historic Framework Agreement was signed on August 3, 2015.
“However, the Government of India is yet to fulfill its commitment to the Naga people. The world at large is the witness. As a faithful soldier of the people, NSCN have stood the acid test of time and brought the issue thus far. NSCN is principle-based organization”, Tuccu added.