NNC strongly protest visit of Prince Andrew

Kohima 30April: The Naga National Council (NNC) under the leadership of Gen.(Rtd.) I. Panger Walling (Working President),Z.Royim Yimchungrii (Vice President) and V.Nagi( General Secretary) once again strongly protest against the visit of Prince Andrew of England to Naga Country because the British Government could not keep, honour and protect the 1935 Act of  “Naga Hills Excluded Area” passed by the House of Lords(Parliament) in respect of the Naga people and Nation. The British Throne was and is solely responsible and accountable for this Act of insult to the Nagas and their (British) own Act passed in the House of Lords.

The British Throne (Government) was fully responsible for the 4000 energetic and youthful young Nagas’ fate whom the British Government took away as Labour Corps in the First World War, out of 4000 best youthful Nagas from the Naga Hills Excluded Areas only few returned home to Naga Country.

Also the British Throne was solely responsible and accountable for the losses of Naga villages (houses), properties, granaries etc. which were bombarded and  razed to the ground as ashes. And the Naga people suffered immensely during Second World War at Kohima, Nagaland, many were killed, injured, crippled and  maimed in defence of the British Government and her Armies. During their (British Army) stay in Naga Country especially in Kohima, many Naga girls were raped, lured for sex and produced many illegitimate children. And just after the War, they(British) took away almost all the children under Repatriation of British National Act, and few were  left behind in Naga soil as a living witness today in the Naga Country. The British Throne and her Government was and is solely accountable for all these crimes committed against the Naga people in particular and crimes against humanity at large, and they are answerable to the crimes committed against the Naga people and Country.

The British Government granted freedom to the Hindu India, Muslim Pakistan, Buddhist Burma who fought against the British Government but the Christian Nagas who fought in favour, defended and sacrificed for the Britishers were neglected indifferently and ignored politically. Therefore the British Throne and her Government was and is fully responsible and accountable for the very plight of the Naga people and Nation who struggled for the last more than 60 long years for freedom.
Information and Publicity Wing,
Naga National Council.

source: MExN

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Prince Andrew’s visit most successful: Neiphiu Rio

Source: EMN
NTIMES 3MAY :Prince Andrew’s visit most successful:  Neiphiu RioIMAPUR, MAY 2 (EMN): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has termed the visit of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, on Tuesday as most successful and hoped that

His Royal Highness’s visit to Nagaland will have a far reaching impact in positive terms.
Stating that the entire visit was carried out seamlessly without a hitch in any of the events, the CM in a release today said each event was organised flawlessly and congratulated all the officers who coordinated the events for a job well done.
The entire visit was carried out under the overall supervision of Chief Secretary Lalthara, and the four events held at War Cemetery, Convention Centre, Bamboo hall and World War II Museum were personally managed in most exemplary manner by Home Commissioner J Alam, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir, Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner Banuo Z Jamir and Commissioner and Secretary Himato Zhimomi, he said. Other departments, particularly Housing, Forest, Rural Development, Industries & Commerce, Kohima Municipal Council and district administration and police of Kohima and Dimapur districts put extra efforts to make the royal visit an outstanding success, he added.

Expressing happiness that the response of the people and citizens of the State in according a warm welcome and send-off to the visiting Prince created a positive and welcoming image of Nagaland to the outside world, the State Government congratulated and expressed appreciation to all the officers, participating departments and the people of the State for making the Royal visit a great success. The government also complimented the Assam Rifles for excellent conduct of the programme at the War Cemetery under the supervision of Maj. Gen. BS Das, IGAR. EMN

Nagas hope in Prince Andrew’s historic visit

Courtesy: Morung Express
NTIMES 2MAY: Nagas hope in Prince Andrew’s historic visit
Kohima | May 1

Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York is presented with a Naga traditional headgear as Nagaland State Chief Minster Neiphiu Rio looks on during his one-day visit to Kohima in the north eastern state of Nagaland on May 1. (Photo by Caisii Mao)

Great Britain’s Duke of York, Prince Andrew today visited Nagaland as part of the British kingdom’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee. In honor of the celebrated royal’s visit to Nagaland, a civic reception was organized by the Government of Nagaland at the NBCC convention centre in Kohima where thousands of people gathered and accorded a hearty welcome to one of the most famous royal personalities in the world.
On Prince Andrew’s arrival, Naga citizens, both young and old, lined up along the roads holding flags of Great Britain and greeted the Prince. Aside from high officials of the government, the royal dignitary was accompanied by James Bevan, British High Commissioner and Sanjay Wadvani, British Deputy High Commissioner.

Speaking at the civic reception, Prince Andrew expressed gratefulness for the opportunity to be in Nagaland. He called his coming here important in that the ‘past is recognized and which need to be cherished, that the future is all important.’
The Prince said there were discussions where they should go when they came to India “because there are certain symbols that the Queen wanted the Prince to participate in.” One of important tasks during his visit was to acknowledge the memory of those who served not only the United Kingdom but also the commonwealth around the world.
“The Queen could not think of a better place to ask the Prince to lay the wreath than here in Kohima,” Prince Andrew said, referring to the capital where one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles against the Japanese invasion was fought during the Second World War.

The Prince said – “It is very important for the modern generations particularly across India, for people to remember and recognize the sacrifice that took place in Kohima. Because without that sacrifice and that stand, the freedom that you now have and the rest of India has would not have been possible”.

For that reason, Prince Andrew said, he is delighted to be in Kohima to represent Her Majesty to lay wreath and pay respects to the fallen defenders. “But it is not just about those that had gone before, it is for the future. It is about looking forward to what we can all be and what our potentials really is. We have a whole potential as commonwealth nation in a particularly troubled world.”

Prince Andrew also conveyed the greetings of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth “who knows the great debt the Naga have paid in that fight for freedom over the years and the Queen wanted the Prince to pass on the message for the future of all people of India and of the Commonwealth.”

Extending a warm welcome to the royal, Chief Minister of Nagaland said “Indeed, we are honored by your visit and terming it as a red letter day, and a historic occasion for the people of Nagaland.” He hoped that the visit of Prince Andrew will go a long way in strengthening the relationship between the British and the Nagas especially for the younger generations who were born after India’s Independence.

Rio informed that during the Ist World War, thousands of Naga labor corps served in Europe. Kohima is known because of the historic and decisive Battle of Kohima fought between the British army and the Japanese army. The battle was described by Lord Mountbatten as probably one of the greatest battles in the history. The Chief Minister said that the battle of Kohima changed the course of the 2nd World War, and of the world history. In this, Rio stated that the Battle of Kohima Cemetery will forever remain part of the Nagas’ history. The Commonwealth War Cemetery that lies in the heart of Kohima is a constant reminder of the horrors and pains of war, he said.

The Chief Minister said further that the local Naga people played a crucial role in the victory of the allied forces in the battle, and till today they have pride in the fact that they contributed to the victory of the allied forces and fought for freedom and democracy.
Entire generations grew up hearing the painful stories of war, he said, but the visit of His Royal Highness will usher in a new era for greater partnership and better understating between the Naga s and the British. “Your visit will also re-kindle old friendship, shared history.”

Informing Prince Andrew that the Nagas are still in search of a permanent and lasting peace, Rio said “we have great hope that a peaceful and non-violent approach on the basis of political negotiation will bring about resolution of the Naga issue, and create lasting peace.”

The Chief Minister also congratulated the Queen, on her diamond jubilee, and also conveyed the wishes of the Naga people to her, good health and long life. “I hope that you and your entourage will go back home with fond memories of Nagaland and the Naga people, and that you will become ambassadors of Nagaland wherever you go,” Rio said in wishing the Prince.

Rio presented a Konyak brass gong, a head gear, a spear and a dao and two bamboo baskets to the Prince amidst applause. Naga folk dances and music were presented before the Prince who was accompanied by the British officials including the High Commissioner to India.

Earlier, immediately after his arrival in the town from Dimapur by road, the Duke visited the Kohima War Cemetery and paid homage to those who were killed in the battle of 1944. Later he also visited World War Museum at Kisama Heritage Village, 12 km south of Kohima before his departure.  MExN

Naga Hoho anticipates Prince Andrew’s visit

NTIMES 1MAY: Naga Hoho anticipates Prince Andrew’s visit

DIMAPUR, APRIL 30 (MExN): Britain’s Duke of York, Prince Andrew will be arriving in Nagaland May 1. The third child of Queen Elizabeth II will be in Kohima where a civic reception has been scheduled at 1:00 PM on May 1 at the NBCC Convention Center in the new capital complex. The visit is to commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. The royal is also expected to visit the 2nd World War II cemetery here and the Naga heritage village Kisama.

Meanwhile, the Naga Hoho on behalf of the Naga people has warmly welcomed His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, to Nagaland and wished him a pleasant and memorable visit. Taking the opportunity of this special visit by a member of the British Royal family, the Naga Hoho in a press note sought to bring to the notice of His Highness and the British Government through His Highness, “the expectations of the Naga people in reciprocation to the hospitality and the support extended to the then British Empire by the Naga people”.

The Naga Hoho in its press note issued by Kevilatuo Kewho and Inaka Assumi, President and Vice President respectively stated that the Naga people under the banner of the Naga Club had submitted a memorandum to the Simon Commission in the year 1929 expressing our desire to live as a people and a nation and not to live under any foreign or alien rule. In the same spirit, the Nagas also declared our Independence on 14th August 1947, a day before free India declared its Independence, the Naga Hoho reminded.
Stating that today, the struggle for the recognition of the Nagas as a people and nation still continues, the Naga Hoho reminded that the Naga people continued to strive to maintain and hold on to their unique culture, way of life, values and beliefs. “We believe memories are long and for all the support and sacrifices made for the British empire, the brave warriors of the Naga Hills will not be forgotten by the British Government”, the press note stated.

Pointing out that the World War Cemetery will perhaps remind His Royal Highness of the crucial role Nagaland and its people have played in World History and History of the British Empire, as such, the Naga Hoho has appealed to His Highness and the British Government to fulfill their dues to the Naga people by setting straight the records of history and affirming that the Nagas were never under any foreign rule till the British entered the Naga areas.

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‘UK’s intervention in Indo-Naga issue wanted’

Dimapur, April 30 (MExN): An organization called ‘Naga International Support Center, Amsterdam’ (NISC) today issued a press release ‘reminding’ Prince Andrew of Britain’s ‘lack of responsibility’ of the commonwealth lands.

“The Nagas want the British to intervene in the Indo-Naga conflict as it should tell India and the Nagas what exactly was transferred to the Union of India without consultation or consent of the Nagas themselves how,” NISC said.

According to the NISC, the Naga National Council had “rightfully reminded” Prince Andrew “about the neglect of the United Kingdom concerning the right to self determination of the Naga peoples.”

In 1929, Naga leaders told the visiting Simon Commission that they wanted to be free when the British leave. “…the British still turned them over to the emerging Union of India even though it knew that it had no control over a large part of the Naga areas. The British kept quiet when the Nagas proclaimed their independent Nagaland in 1947, one day ahead of the Union of India,” the NISC said.

The press release said that that the Nagas want “reunification” and that their “ancestral areas in Myanmar” be reunified with “their areas in India.” The areas in India are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, the NISC said.

“These states in India were founded long after the Indo-Naga conflict began, the first one being Nagaland which was inaugurated in 1963; nine years after the Indian Armed Forces invaded Nagaland.”

The NISC also noted that Prince Andrew is scheduled to visit the Kohima Second World War Cemetery to pay his respect to fallen British soldiers “but with the acclaimed help of Naga soldiers many more British survived.”

The press release also suggested that a “demonstration on this May one labor day will drive these points home; home to the UK.”

“…the Naga International Support Center, Amsterdam, reminds Prince Andrew of Britain on the issue of post colonial accountability the Dutch also lacked to follow up on. Not only the Dutch or the British but practical all colonizing nations suffer from this lack of responsibility.”
– Morung Express