Naga Flag and Constitution in our Identity


Everything has its own name and identity. Every nation has its own Flag and Constitution. We recognize and acknowledge different entities through their distinct culture and identity. What is the Naga identity as a Nation without a Naga Flag and Constitution? A flag is a national symbol. A national flag represents and symbolizes a country. It will be difficult to name a country without its flag and a constitution. Every country has got a specific flag as their national symbol. The Constitution is the fundamental blueprint of a country; it helps the government operate and also protect the rights of the people in the country. It explains their obligations. For Nagas, the people have a unique history with the Naga National Flag and Constitution as our identity and that is the reason why our Naga national movement continues to live on and it is why the Government of India recognized our unique history.

Naga National Flag (Zhie-ralha) and Constitution (Yehzabo) is our identity and also our road to sovereignty. The Naga Flag was first hoisted on 22 March 1956 at Parashen, near Sendenyu village, Rengma Region, Nagaland, when the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) was formed. Unless we get our own Identity there is no reason for the Nagas or for any Naga negotiator to accept any kind of economic package. Nothing less than the Naga Flag and Constitution should be accepted by any Naga negotiator or by the common people. We Nagas have our National Flag and Constitution, and if the GOI is sincere and committed to their Framework Agreement in recognition of Naga unique history, they should also recognise the Naga flag and constitution.

Both Nagas and non-Nagas have talked extensively about the Naga integration, and some Nagas presume that a Naga Flag and Constitution without integration is meaningless. However, what would you prefer – Naga integration under the Constitution of India or a Naga Flag and Constitution outside the Indian Constitution? Obviously, its always better to have our own Naga Flag and Constitution with integration outside the Constitution of India – which means having our own national identity. Our Naga flag and constitution is our identity – the symbol of our Naga nationality. Economic packages and Naga integration cannot be our Naga identity.

Naga integration without Naga Flag and Constitution

Accepting Naga Integration without Naga Flag and constitution could lead to the Naga national movement dying a natural death. Naga integration without Naga Flag and Constitution would be the same as the present state of Nagaland or like forming a state with same commumity or like the state of Mizoram where all the Mizos live together under one unit under the Constitution of India (their national identity is lost). A temporary Naga physical integration is insignificant without the Naga Flag and Constitution. Accepting Naga integration within the Constitution of India as a Naga political solution will be a suicidal step for the Nagas and a big blunder for the GOI as well.

Naga Flag and Constitution without Naga integration

The present artificial political boundary is not a serious problem or threat as Nagas want to live unitedly under one administrative unit. Nagas can always come together when our national identity represented by the Naga Flag and Constitution is duly recognized by GOI. The reason why GOI is always apprehensive of bringing the Nagas under one administrative unit is because that could unite the Nagas and pave the way for Naga sovereignty one day. Which is why GOI always strives to divide the Naga using various means and will continue to mislead and break up the unity of the Nagas so as to weaken and smother the Naga National Movement (NNM), but it is also the responsibility of our Naga people to stand strong regardless of the adverse weather they may encounter.

In conclusion, our Naga leaders and the common people should clearly understand and know that no Nation has ever negotiated for its Flag and Constitution after the Peace Settlement, and one needs to understand that it will be unfeasible to negotiate further for our rights to self-determination democratically when our Naga National Flag and Constitution is compromised by the present peace talks. It is also important for the Nagas to remember that it took years to come around to creating a Framework Agreement and to reach the present stage of negotiation because our leaders never compromised on the idea of sovereignty (Naga National Flag and Constitution), otherwise the Indo-Naga strife could have ended within a few years simply by accepting some economic packages or integration of Naga people under the Constitution of India. Our Naga national workers have had peace talks for the last 22 years, and we should be ready to continue to support the peace talks for another 22 years if the present talks could not bring about an honorable Naga Political Solution.

Nagaland govt organised ‘consultation’ make organisations wary


Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 2

Two days after the Chief Minister of Nagaland declared that an NLA resolution passed on the Naga political issue has been “unanimously endorsed” by the Naga civil society, some organisations claimed that they had not signed their nod to the resolution.

“We are not a signatory to the NLA resolution,” stated the Sumi Hoho, alongside the Western Sumi Hoho today. The 9th session of the current Nagaland Legislative Assembly passed a 5-point resolution on the Naga political issue on July 27. On July 31, the Nagaland Legislators’ Forum (NLF) brought it to Naga civil society organisations for “consultation.” However, they were “unexpectedly” asked to “endorse” the resolution.

“It is not that we are against the points but we cannot immediately take a decision on such matters without consensus from our people,” said representatives of the SH and WSH. “We were put in an awkward situation.” For them, it was important to have stated that any solution should be “inclusive” of all political groups, with consultations going “down to the roots.”

The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) did not endorse the resolution either as its “role is to facilitate reconciliation and it is up to the tribal hohos to endorse such a resolution, or not,” said a representative of the FNR.

Civil society members present at the meeting on July 31 noted that as in a consultation, there was no “back-and-forth” of opinion—time was given to tribal hoho leaders to speak, after which the resolution was introduced and was asked to be “endorsed” by a show of hands without taking note of opinions expressed.

The Eastern Naga Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO), and its affiliates, for instance, stood by their stance of “unity before solution,” among other things, but this was not introduced into the resolution nor made a mention of (ENPO gave its endorsement to the resolution nonetheless). Some expressed how the resolution was not shown to them, nor the content discussed.

No actual consultation happened, thus, bringing to question why such a resolution was passed, or needed to be endorsed after it was passed in the Assembly. As is usually the case with government “consultations,” a pre decided agenda with an unclear motive was brought to the table for approval within two hours.

“Do they represent the Government of India or the NSCN (IM)?” asked an observer, further wondering “who will they submit these resolutions to?” The points made in the resolution have been reiterated before by Naga civil bodies separately and independently.

“Having taken oath under the constitution of India, making a resolution on the Naga political issue is crossing the line,” noted a leader present at the meeting. If they wanted to play the role of “facilitator” to the Indo-Naga talks, there are “other ways” to do so, he said, finding this “taking of consent” business a “bit confusing.” This made some organisations wary. The next day, they were even more confused by the Chief Minister’s statement in the newspaper claiming ‘unanimous endorsement.’ No NGO was present at the press conference when this was declared.

Similar resolutions on the Naga political issue have been adopted by past governments in Nagaland. The reiteration of this resolution, however, has made sceptics out of organisations that worry that such “consultations” will be used as “final consent” to a settlement whose modalities remain largely unknown to the people. The resolution was passed soon after the arrival of the Parliamentary Working Committee on the Naga Political Issue of the Nagaland State Government from Delhi. The NLF claims that the consultation is part of a continuing dialogue on the Indo-Naga peace process that would bring on board Naga people from outside Nagaland as well.

AAPSU digs out facts on Tirap & Changlang

ITANAGAR, Apr 18: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has pounced upon a letter written by former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru which justifies the claim that people of Tirap and Changlang are indigenous tribal of Arunachal and not Naga as claimed by underground groups of Nagaland. In recent days Naga People’s Front (NPF), the largest political party of Nagaland has controversially decided to start its Arunachal unit claiming that people of Tirap and Changlang are being discriminated by government of Arunachal Pradesh.

AAPSU managed to dig out a letter written by Nehru dated 18th November 1958 in which first prime minister of India had clearly addressed the tribal’s of these two districts as Nocte, Tangsa, Wancho and Singpho. There is no reference of word Naga in the letter, which shows that government of India had recognized tribal’s of Tirap and Changalng as Nocte, Tangsa, Wancho and Singpho from the time of Nehru. AAPSU President Takam Tatung in a release today said this letter should end the debate about identity of people of Tirap and Changlang.

“History tells that people of these two districts are indigenous tribal of Arunachal like any other tribes. Even first prime minister of India Nehru had acknowledged it,” said AAPSU president Takam Tatung. He further added, “People of Tirap and Changlang were caught in-between Naga and Arunachalee identity for long. They got humiliated in their own home. Documents like this could have gone long way in helping them preserve their Arunachalee identity. It’s shocking why our state government hid this letter for long?”
Further Tatung questioned whether government of Arunachal is hell bent on selling Tirap and Chanlang to Naga insurgent group. “Arunachal government never used old documents like this letter to counter the claim of Nagaland based UG group’s nefarious design to break our state. It seems they are willing to part away with these two districts. But AAPSU will not let even inch of Arunachalee land being given to any outsider,” said Takam Tatung.

AAPSU President also urged Nagaland based underground and political groups to stop claiming people of Tirap and Changalng as theirs. “If Nehru had recognized people of these two districts as Arunachalee tribal, who they are to claim them as theirs? Being tribal we share some similarities with all indigenous tribes of NE region. But that should not make people to claim other’s area as theirs,” stated Takam Tatung.

Conversation With Mr. Khaplang

By: Thomas | NNC Member.

After eight years of NSCN formation, Mr. Khaplang realized the wrong policy of Muivah and hence decided to apart from him, which led the NSCN split into two factions in 1988. Soon as the split took place among them, Mr. Khaplang declared he stands for unity and solidarity of Nagaland and announced that he will welcome Naga national leaders, public leaders, Church leaders and student leaders who would like to talk with him for national unity and reconciliation.

I took his declaration as a good gesture and opportunity for meeting him to talk for national unity and thus boldly decided to go to meet him. I started from Kohima on 27th November, 1990, along with two other NNC Central Committee Members namely Messrs Ku-o Angami and I. Toshi Ao. We reached the NSCN-K’s Council Headquarters (CHQ) Thingpa, Heimi Region on 6th January 1991. I take Mr. Khaplang as my own elder brother since we are from the same Heimi Region and our discussion was frankly as brothers.

I suggested him to break the barrier which prevents us to stop killings and reunification by denouncing the formation of NSCN as wrong. To form the socialist government was purely the idea and policy of Muivah but not yours, and you have the right to declare the formation of NSCN was wrong.

I felt regretted for Mr. Khaplang blatantly rejected my suggestion, saying: do you think that I was used by Muivah pinching on my ear? As we have no sustainable understanding for national unity, we insisted him and his colleagues to have peace among us (between NNC/FGN and Khaplang group), to which they agreed and signed for peace on 10th January 1991 and we returned back on January 12, 1991.

After ten years, that was in 2000: I went to meet him (Khaplang) again and reached at his Laa Hong CHQ on September 18. I told him; I could reach you after ten years taking the grave risk of my life, for I don’t want the killing among the Nagas and take the risk of my life in the interest of national unity. Since 1991, we could maintain peace among us, and through which we could save many lives. Again today, if we could take another positive step in the interest of peace and reconciliation, we will save many lives again. Unless you denounce the NSCN and relinquish it, there is no way to stop the killings. You may intensively fight against IM group but you can’t overpower them and neither can IM group do to you. But only losing of more lives will be counted sad fully as the result of fighting in between you (IM and K groups). You know the fact by now that Muivah and Isak have politically failed. Their failure is yours as well. Because, even if you are in two different groups, but are in the same NSCN. But if you think, you have optimistic to achieve our cherish goal, please tell me, I’ll absolutely support you and follow you. But he told me nothing. And then I asked him, why then you don’t want to rejoin the NNC/FGN again? What is the reason? Please tell me frankly.

He said; I have three reasons: “the first, I cannot accept the observing Nagaland Independence Day by the NNC. Because the declaration of independence in 1947 was, the Nagas who were under the British colonial rule declared themselves freed from the British colonial rule. As we are free Nagas, we will not accept it. We will observe only the day, our independent and sovereignty is recognized by the world. Secondly, I do not accept calling to rejoining the FGN, for the FGN was formed without participation of free Nagas but only the Nagas who were once under the British rule. Thirdly, I do not accept, the Naga country name “Nagaland”, that is only the name referred to the present so-called Nagaland State. I prefer to have our country name as “United Nagaland”.

My explanations on his points were: that the Nagas in fact did not need to declare independence in those days because we all were free and independent people, but our leaders had done it in order to safeguard the sovereignty of Nagaland in those days of changing world so that no nation could challenge us in the future. To become the British subject, we have no treaty and agreement with the British, and therefore the British have no point to declare granting independent to Nagaland and neither did the Nagas need to declare that they were freed from the British colonial rule. We all were free people and yet, the intention of our leaders to announce our age-old independence to the outside world was only to let the world know the Nagas will remain independent as in ancient time. But not as we were freed from the British rule.

On the Second point: It was explained that the FGN was formed not only by the Nagas who were under the British occupation but including free Nagas from the North-east such as Konyak, Khiamniungan, Chang, Sangtam, Yimchunger and Phom. Among free Nagas, only Heimi and Somra Nagas did not participate due to lack of information and communication.

On the third point: I told him; according to Nagaland Yehzabo (Constitution), Nagaland is comprised of all territories inhabited by the Nagas. Our country name “Ngaland” was given by the NNC leaders when the Naga National Council was formed on 2nd February 1946, and the same was approved by the Tatar Hoho (Parliament) on March 22, 1956, when the Federal Government of Nagaland was duly formed. The name of Indian puppet state was also given as Nagaland in 1960 by the leaders of so-called Naga People’s Convention. It is therefore, name of Nagaland is not only referred to Indian puppet state but all the Naga territories.

And I continued, saying; if you principally accept my suggestion to work for national reconciliation, I will be staying with you here and take time to make Heimi and Koyank national workers understand on our national affairs. When they have fully understood, we can convene a public general meeting in and around Konyak Region and from there we have to declare the NSCN-K group has formally rejoined the NNC/FGN. This is the only way that we can stop killing among the Nagas and brings national unity once again. But Khaplang showed no sign to agree with my suggestion and I returned back to Kohima again.

Later after three years, I reached to his Laa Hong CHQ once again on January 9, 2003. This time our discussion was the most animated and vituperative. When I started to suggest him again to work for national unity by denouncing the NSCN; he angrily responded me saying: “why are you always urging me to rejoin the NNC? What had the NNC done? If the NNC has the way to achieve our national goal, why Phizo has failed to do it? Why Ms. Adinno could not do it? Why are you always saying that only the NNC has the right to tell Naga national history? No! we all have the right to tell our history”.

I responded him saying: if the NNC did not sow the seeds of Naga nationalism, today you and I will not be here to work for the Naga nation, and we will have no history. The NNC has done a lot for the Naga nation and today what we talk about our national history are only the records of the NNC. For the failure, you talk about is not only to be blamed Phizo or Adinno. As Phizo was sent to abroad by our people, he has done his duty to inform the outside world of the Naga national right, the suffering and plight of the Nagas in the hands of India. His efforts captured world opinion to support the Naga cause presenting before the U.N. However, by the news that Naga People’s Convention had accepted statehood under the Indian Constitution hampered his work in 1960s. Again in 1968, the formation of revolutionary government made his work suffered a severe setback again, and moreover the formation of NSCN did the same to his achievement. The Nagas have no unison voice to support Phizo and his daughter Adinno Phizo and neither did extend financial support to them. Then how can they do to make achievement. Even if you were there, you can’t do so.

You are right to say all Nagas can tell the Naga national history, but my point of view is; even if you or Muivah and Isak tell or write the history of the NNC/Naga nation, it won’t become as a history of the NSCN and neither can use it by the NSCN leaders as a history of the NSCN. This fact already proved by Isak and Muivah that without historical background they have no alternative to achieve Naga national goal. Because when they moved away from the NNC, they also moved away from the history and mandate of the people. The history and mandate of the people are not private properties to be taken away or used as one’s own will, but can be used them within the platform of the NNC, since the history is written and mandate is given on the platform of the NNC. This truth Muivah and Isak firmly said in 1976 that “without the NNC there is no short cut way to achieve our national goal”.

However, in 1980, they reversed their stand, stating; “It is arms and arms again that will save our nation and ensure freedom to the people” and hence started a new history in 1980. But they have failed to achieve their expected goal through arms struggle. We are obligated to fight for our national objective is solely based on truth and historical facts. For this reason I urge you to rejoin the NNC. The NNC belongs to all Nagas and rejoining the NNC doesn’t mean surrendering to the NNC. Please don’t compare our national affairs with mere party politics. The politicians of political party are playing politics to form their own party government, and they can dissolve their parties if necessary in the interest of jointly forming a new party whatever the name they agreed upon. But we can’t do the same way, because we are building our nation and striving to solve the conflict with the aggressors by addressing our history. After the problem is solved with the aggressors, then only party politics will be followed. But for now, we should not divert our nationalism into petty party politics or dilute it with other issues or political ideology.

You are a renowned leader among our Heimi people, your life should not be ended in bad record. Our lives are in the hands of God and we don’t know when our lives will be taken away by our Lord God. The killing among the Nagas started in our time and it should not be handed down to the younger generation without solving it. This is needed to solve by you before you die in the larger interest of our people and for the sake of your good record as well. The enemy is playing delaying tactics to solve the conflict with the Nagas. And as long as we are divided we can do nothing to achieve our national goal in our life time, instead we will be adding to succeeding the enemy’s policy.

As you asked me the question “what the NNC has done?”; so also some Nagas will ask you, what the NSCN has done? What will be your answer? He said nothing. I continued saying; as soon as you have formed the NSCN; you, the NSCN crushed down Khiamniungan Region in 1980, where the NSCN killed more than 500 Khiamniungan people, and then in 1984-85, the NSCN waged war against Lainong Nagas and there too the NSCN killed more than 800 Lainongs and razed down their villages into ashes. In 1988, the NSCN split into two factions, and now the two factions are joining hands with the enemies and fighting against each other. When the Indian elections are conducted the two NSCN factions are intentionally and diligently involving in the Indian elections. By forcefully they are collecting money from the Naga people and building their luxurious lives. All these are not that the NSCN has done? He said; some of Western Naga leaders have been doing as what you said.

The fighting among the NSCN factions is happening according to prophetic words which told you in 1984 through the boy Kummo Heimi in Eastern Nagaland and also Evangelist Athui Zeliang from Western Nagaland. The boy told you the words emanated by the Holy Spirit, that you should relinquish the NSCN setup and rejoins the NNC. If you do not obey Me, more killings will be happened among yourselves. On this Mr. Khaplang said: yes, we failed to obey the words of the Holy Spirit. We were told to summon FGN leaders including President Zashei Huire from Western side and have a meeting hosting a white flag on the hill top between Tsünkhao and Kingphu villages and declare reuniting with the NNC in the spirit of forgive and forget. He narrated it with regretfully. But no action was followed up accordingly.

And lastly, I gave another suggestion to form a committee from his group comprising five or seven members. The NNC/FGN has a committee and the two committees should have continuous and intensive talk for reconciliation. I could come to you once after ten years or five years, we therefore should have continuous talk through our committees in order to build up well understanding for reconciliation. On this my suggestion, he said; I have Council of Kilonsers (Ministers) and should have to discuss with them for your suggestion. But till date he has done nothing for the reconciliation. Now it is running more than ten years again.

Integration of Naga Area of Manipur with the state of Nagaland

Memorandum to Shrimati Indira Gandhi Prime Minister of India from the Naga Integration committee, Manipur,Imphal.

The Prime Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi.

Subject:- Integration of Naga Area of Manipur with the state of Nagaland.

We,the undersigned members,as authorised by the Naga Integration committee,Manipur,through their resolution passed at Imphal on 8th July,1968 to meet you,have the honour to lay down the following facts for your consideration and early implementation.


We will freely quote from Alexander Mackanzie’s “History of the Relation of the Government with the Hill Tribes of the North-East frontier of Bengal.”

On page 150 of the said history it runs as:

“In 1823 the British Government opened communications with Gumbheer Singh,one of the members of the Manipur Royal family; upon which 500 Manipuris under his command were taken into the pay of the British Government, and cooperated with British troops in driving the Burmese out of Cachar. In 1825 this force was increased to 2000 men,and placed under the command of Captain Grant,it was denominated the Manipur Levy, and was paid,accoutred and supplied with ammunition by the British Government. Subsequently by the Ava Treaty of 1826,Gumbheer Singh was recognized as Rajah of Manipur, though without any corresponding obligation so far as the British Government as concerned. The language of the Treaty was as follows: “With regard to Manipur, it is stipulated that, should Gumbheer Singh desire to return to that country, he shall be recognized by the King of Ava as Rajah thereof.” Shortly afterwards the British Government discontinued the payment of the Manipur Levy,but still furnished ammunition for the reduction of refractory Hill tribes; and further supplied 3000 muskets and sets of accoutrements.”

As stated on page 107 and 122, it is now an established fact that the boundary of Manipur was demarcated in 1841-42 and slight revision was made in 1872.

It is no wonder that the then British Government in order to maintain peace and tranquility in their territory in Assam,recognized the De facto authority of Manipur over certain areas in this part of the hills. Slowly the erstwhile Naga Hills here tagged on with Assam. They did the same by giving away certain portion of Hills to Burma for which we have no say.

On page 103 it runs as: 
“When in 1835 our hill villages in North-Cachar were found to be constantly suffering from the exactions and raids, the Government conceived that the duty of controlling the hostile Nagas devolved jointly upon Tularam and the Manipur state, as the two powers holding jurisdiction over at least some portion of the Naga-Hills. It was proposed, therefore, that a line of posts to protect our subjects should be established at Somkhor and along the neighbouring Naga frontier. Tularam protested earnestly that he had no control over the Nagas or any means of checking their raids, while Manipur,whose only system of control consisted in raids as Savage as those of the Nagas themselves.”

On page 158 of the History it runs as: “The Superintendent of Cachar considered that the peace of Manipur and of the Eastern Frontier required that an European officer should reside at Imphal. The capital is 183 miles from Cachar,from which it is separated by seven ranges of hills varying from 2000 to 7000 feet and four large rivers unbridged. Should the political Agent be withdrawn, the wild and savage tribes of Nagas and Kookis, surrounding the valley of Manipur, would be in arms.”
The foregoing paragraphs prove without an iota of doubt that the Nagas remained as Independent as they were in spite of any De facto recognition of authority so far.

Mr. Pemverton’s History corroborates Mr. Alexander MacKenzie’s book quoted in the foregoing paragraphs.
At long last,Manipur was annexed to the British Empire in 1891 and a new chapter in the administration under the arbitrary rule of the Raja. Consequently,the Kuki uprising took place in 1929-20. A few Chiefs were deported to the Andaman Island for life imprisonment. And,since 1920,the Hill administration was detached from the rule of the then Raja and was run by the President,Manipur state Durbar, who was always an European officer of the Raja till the withdrawal of the Paramountcy in 1947.
Again in 1932 a political upheaval convulsed Manipur state, led by Jadonang,a Rongmei Naga of Tamenglong subdivision against the then regime and the British Government. He was captured and hanged while his lieutenant sister, Gaidelie ,was sentenced to undergo life imprisonment. At long last,she was released by our independent Government and decorated by Panditji with the title of ‘Rani’.

In May 1947 the Manipur Constitution was drafted in which, on page 12,the Hill leaders secured incorporation of a clause as:

“The Principle of equality and freedom as applied to all without discrimination of caste, creed and race shall include the right of any section of the Hill people to secede at the end of the five year period, should conditions within the Constitution not be satisfactory.”
On page 10 as,”Finally the committed record that the provisions agreed to in this resolutions of the community represented on the committee reserve the right of complete freedom of action at the end of five year period irrespective of any view expressed in this resolution.”

The integrated Manipur Administration of Hills and valley started functioning on 15th August, 1947 with high handedness and, therefore, the Mao Nagas, in particular, launched a ‘No-Tax’ campaign against the then Government and demanded Naga areas to be merged with Assam as their brethren were already there then. Firing took place at Mao on 27thOctober, 1949,Government of India paid Rs. 20,000/- to the deceased and wounded families, while Shri Prakash,the then Governor of Assam,was the moving spirit behind the payment of the compensation.

The demand for merger with Assam continued unabated and memoranda were submitted to the Prime Minister in 1953 and to the Home Minister, Mr.Pantji,with copy to the then Chief Minister, Assam,Mr Medhi,during Home Minister’s visit to Manipur in 1955. Quote a few memoranda were submitted to the Governor of Assam, Mr. Daulatram,during his official visit to Manipur. We are fortunate in having many of our leaders alive to whom these memoranda were submitted.

In 1960,as a result of an agreement entered into by the Naga peoples’ Convention with the Government of India, the Naga Hills Tuensang Area District of Assam was given statehood and the state of Nagaland was formed.

The Naga areas of Manipur were,however, not included as part of Nagaland. the Naga tribes of Manipur have, from time immemorial, been occupying compact areas immediately contiguous to the present Nagaland state. The total area is about 6000sq miles and population about 2 lakhs. Wherever they are and under whatever administrative setup they may come, Nagas are homogenous people, having distinct culture, Customs,usages,tradition and literature It is this sense of oneness that constitutes the core of the move for integration of Nagas as a whole. It is needless to recount the submission of memoranda to bring Nagas under one administrative setup.

The Nagaland Nationalist Organization of Nagaland submitted a memorandum, with appendices, in June,1968 to Prime Minister. The Naga Integration committee of Manipur submitted to the President, A.I.C.C,during his visit to Manipur on 15th June, 1968,a memorandum, enclosing copies of those submitted previously by different Naga Organization of Manipur to the Government on different occasions. A memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister in April, 1968 as well.

The upsurge of the Naga political aspirations is mounting day by day and is now being accelerated by the Organizations aforesaid. Quite a large number of educated young men from Manipur joined the under ground Movement, as they found not being able to secure their political aspirations in the last two decades as in other parts of India, viz, vivisection of Punjab, Bombay and Madras states. Had the Central leaders taken the initiative by themselves directly, the present tragedy in Nagaland could have been averted, because the Naga’s Nine-point Agreement with Sir Akbar Hydari was to remain with India and not outside it. Another unhappy incident, viz. boycott of Panditji’s address to Nagas at Kohima in 1953,with a foreign dignitary Mr. U Nu,the premier of Burma, could have also been averted, had the central leaders had a direct hand in the problem of the Eastern Zone. The same is true with the present Government of Manipur and, therefore, we must say to the central Government and leaders to be aware of it.

It may not be out of place to mention here, in brief the mal administration and exploitation carried on by the Government of Manipur in regard to Hill people. The 30% reservation of Cadre III and IV services are never adhered to, since all the Head of Departments are plain Meiteis. Since 1964,no tribal candidates have been selected for interview with the M.P.S.C. for Class II post in spite of the availability of qualified hands. Even for those who are in service, there is practically no security and safeguard, because all sorts of attempts are made to tarnish their service records.The Manipur Government grudge in spending out of the normal budget allotment for Hill areas, except the New Cachar Road which is likely to be a lifeline of the Manipur valley. The benefit accruing to the Hill people is only through the Tribal Welfare Fund which is roughly Rupees 24lakhs annually. Though the declared Government policy is not to divert this fund towards any other purpose except the development of Manipur Hill areas, this is not adhered to by the Manipur Government. One and a half lakhs of Rupees are expended annually towards meeting the expenditure on the Adim Jati Technical institute, Imphal, which is a general institute for all communities. A hostel for the Moirang High School was constructed five years ago out of this Fund in the name of the Hill tribes but it is not actually meant for them. Similarly, in the field of Education, while it is a general practice to impart education upon primary level in mother tongue, the Naga tribes of Manipur have no such facility. Hardly any state scholarship is being awarded to tribal students for post-matric and postgraduate studies.

To mention a few other excesses, indiscriminate extension of Indian Forest Act to the Hill areas of Manipur, the Acquisition of the Chief’s Right Act and the attempt to extend the Manipur Land Revenue Act to the Hill areas have threatened the very existence of the Naga Tribes of Manipur.

Our demand is based on human desires and aspirations than on these considerations. It was in keeping with the human desires and aspirations that the Naga Peoples’ Convention had entered into an agreement with the Government of India, known as the Sixteen-Point Agreement, wherein Clause 13 runs as under:-

13. Consolidation of contiguous Naga areas:
The delegation wished the following to be placed on record:-
The Naga leaders expressed the view that other Nagas inhabiting contiguous areas should be enabled to join the New State. It was pointed out to them on behalf of the Government of India that Articles 3 & 4 of the Constitution provided for increasing the areas of any state but that it was not possible for the Government of India to make any commitment in this regard at this stage.”

The 6th Clause of the Nine-Point Agreement of 1947 between Akbar Hydari and the Nagas runs as:
“To bring under one unified administrative unit as far as possible all Nagas. All the areas so included will be within the scope of the present proposed Agreement.”

Further, the following was passed at the 5th General session of the N.N.O. in January-February, 1968:

“As per agreement between the Naga leaders and the Government of India, this meeting of the N.N.O. strongly urge the Government of India to immediately integrate all contiguous Naga areas with the State of Nagaland. Further,we appeal to all Nagas,who are residing outside
Nagaland, to work for an early integration for which the state of Nagaland has always kept the doors open. Further this general session expresses its deep appreciation to the initiative taken by the Nagas of Manipur areas towards this end.”

It is high time to bring an immediate solution in this regard. The matters are likely to become uncontrollable with the proposed reorganization of Assam.

We wish to stress that we put in our demand within the framework of the Constitution of India and we believe that we shall sufficiently and concretely demonstrate our loyalty to the Government of India.
In fine, we wish to say that integration of all Nagas within one administrative unit will definitely strengthened the hands of the administration of the state of Nagaland and the solution of the present trouble there would become much easier.

In view of the facts enumerated above, we urge the Government of India to look into the matter regarding integration of Manipur Naga areas with the state of Nagaland in all its seriousness and bring about an early solution thereof. We have very hope that your Excellency, the Prime Minister, would give a very sympathetic consideration to our point of view and meet our just demand.

Yours faithfully,
Naga Integration committee and
President, Tengnuopal Naga Union, Manipur.

General Secretary,
Naga Integration Committee.

General Secretary,
Pomei Progressive Union and
Joint Secretary, N.I.C.

Joint Secretary,
Tankhul Naga Long,Ukhrul.

(N.K. SIM)
General Secretary, Zeliangrong Naga Union, Manipur.
Dated: New Delhi,
the 26th July, 1968.

Copy to:-
1. Shri Y.B. Chavan,
Minister for Home Affairs,
GOI,New Delhi.

2. Shri B.R. Bhagat,
Minister of State External Affairs,
GOI,New Delhi.

3. Shri B.K. Nehru,
Governor of Assam and Nagaland,
Raj Bhavan,Shillong.

4. Shri T.N. Angami,
Chief Minister,Nagaland,
P.O. Kohima.

5. Shri Baleshwar Prasad,
Chief Commissioner,
Manipur, Imphal.

6. Shri M. Koirang Singh,
Chief Minister,
Manipur, Imphal.

Naga political groups meet to strengthen Lenten Agreement

morungexpress | May 3, 2014

Kolkata, May 3 (MExN): Top leadership of three Naga political groups, currently part of the Naga Reconciliation Process, took part in a five-day reconciliation meeting organized in Kolkata from April 29 to May 3, 2014 with the intent to “engage and explore creative ways to fulfill the Lenten Agreement.”



“In pursuit for the realization of the Lenten Agreement, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation facilitated a series of formal and informal meetings among the leaders of the signatory groups. On recognizing the necessity, the three Naga political groups agreed to have a close-door residential meeting among the top leadership,” the FNR stated in a press release today.

The top leadership of GPRN/NSCN Gen. Khole Konyak and N. Kitovi Zhimomi; NNC/FGN leaders Zhopra Vero, Vice President and Zaleo Sapu, Home Minister, “responding to this necessity” participated in the meeting. The FNR valued their presence with much appreciation.

However, it was informed that FGN President, Brig. S. Singnya was unable to attend the meeting due to ill-health. Furthermore, the travel of NSCN/GPRN leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Th. Muivah to Kolkata was not cleared by the Government of India, and hence, they were unable to personally attend. In their absence, they were represented by General (Retd) VS Atem, Khevihe Chishi Swu and TT Among.

In the course of the 5-day meeting, the three Naga political groups expressed the “necessity of Naga reconciliation as a means to a shared future and extended their willingness to work for it till it is achieved,” the FNR informed.

As part of the confidence building measures the representatives identified positive and negative aspects of the process and specified key steps on how the Naga reconciliation can be further reinforced. “They explored together the values of Truth, Mercy, Peace and Justice and emphasized on how they were vital to the journey of Naga reconciliation,” noted the FNR.

The representatives, through a process of envisioning, shared their vision for the Naga people and expressed desire to engage in more confidence building measures as a way of “trashing out difficult issues in the interest of the shared Naga future.”

While appreciating the Government of India for their cooperation to Naga Reconciliation, the FNR remained “concerned by this recent attitude, thereby raising questions of doubt and insincerity.”

The Forum for Naga Reconciliation further informed that the Naga Reconciliation Process is in the interest of the common good of all concerned. It stated that “For too long the internal division of the Nagas has been projected as one of the causes for the protracted conflict.” Hence, in this time of peace, where Naga political groups are “reconciling and seeking ways to find unity in purpose,” the FNR urged “Nagas, our neighbours and the Government of India to have more understanding and extend even moral support to the process. The realization of Naga reconciliation is in the mutual interest of all those who desire justice, peace and reconciliation in the region.”

The Lord’s words for the Nagas

By: Vezokho Vero, Pastor, Naga Shisha Hoho, Prüzie.

Following the Lord’s Program, all watchmen and watchwomen of Prayer Houses and Centres came together on April 11-13 to attend the “All Nagaland Prayer House/Centre Watchmen and Watchwomen Prayer Meeting” at the Naga Shisha Hoho Prayer Centre, Prüzie. Sixty prayer houses and centres were represented with a total of 186 members. And the Lord gave these words for the Nagas:
1. The Lord says that Nagaland is filled with sin and the time has come for the Lord to question the Nagas. The time is nearing for the Lord’s wrath to befall Nagaland. Nagas are like clay pot in the Lord’s hand, that is about to be dropped. (Ecclesiastes 12: 6-7; Isaiah 1: 10-15; Jeremiah 2: 19)
2. Pastors, unless you work hard in serving the Lord, disobedience and troubled/difficult times will come to your homes (Ezekiel 39: 2-6).
3. Those in prayer houses/ centres, unless you honestly and righteously do your work in serving the Lord, you will be more severely asked by the Lord (I Samuel 4: 17-18).
4. Rich people, unless you do good things with your wealth and help the poor and those in need, the time is nearing for the Lord to ask of you.
5. The Lord says that Nagas will surely send out the 10,000 missionaries as committed; but since this commitment has not yet been fulfilled, drunkenness and fornication/adultery will increase, and Satan worshippers are also going to increase. (Daniel 7: 10)
6. Unless the Naga undergrounds, state politicians, and Church workers work together in harmony for the Lord and for the Naga nation, it is getting late.
7. Nagas will surely get their independence, but not with arms or many leaders. It will be brought through a few, who are in obedience to the will of God.
8. NGOs have not been successful in their works because instead of trusting God, they have put their trust in their own leadership and wisdom and investing for their own position.
9. To the Churches, the Lord has this to say: because, members with gifts of the Holy Spirit are not allowed to operate their prophetic gifts in the churches, for which divisions and enmity within the church are on the rise. (Proverbs 29: 18)
10. All districts should establish their own prayer houses/centres and pray for their own people and land. (Ezekiel 9: 4-8)  

– Nagaland Post