Ukhrul observes first ‘Recognition Day of Naga History’
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL,11th July: For the first time in history of Nagas, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL) and Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL) in collaboration with Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) commemorated what is termed as the historic 'Recognition of the Uniqueness of Naga History' at TNL Hall, Viewland on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, GPRN Kilonser AC Ngasathing pointed out that this is the first time in the history of Nagas that such observance is ever held to celebrate the recognition.
Highlighting the background of the ‘Recognition of the Uniqueness of Naga History’, he recalled that it was after a round of rigorous talks between the Government of India and the NSCN that met in Amsterdam from July 9 to 11 back in 2002 that brought about the historic recognition of Nagas.
He said that the Joint Communiqué which recognised the Naga history for the first time, was signed by the then Centre’s special representative-cum-chief interlocutor K Padmanabhaiah and NSCN general secretary Th Muivah on July 11, 2002, adding that the same came as GoI's response to a proposal given by NSCN on September 21 the previous year.
Stating that the recognition incorporated four main points, Ngasathing informed that the first is the GoI’s recognition of the unique history and situation of Nagas and second being that both parties should agree to hold talks and proceed in an accommodative manner until a lasting and honourable solution to the Indo-Naga political issue is reached.
“Third, the NSCN-IM leadership acceptance of holding peace talks within Indian territory. Subsequently, the Government of India renewed the invitation of Prime Minister to NSCN leadership to come to India to carry forward and expedite the peace dialogue," he said. "And the fourth was mutual agreement on the part of the two sides to extend the ceasefire for another year with effect from August 1, 2002," he recalled.
Senior advocate Daniel Ramsan also expounded on various aspects of Manipur Agricultural Produces & Livestock Marketing Bill 2018 and highlighted its advantages and disadvantages for the hill people of the state. TNL president Weapon Zimik, Ukhrul ADC chairman K Dickson, CAO WTR Mahai Raikhan, TSL president Grace Shatshang and TMNL president LM Thanmi Shimray also spoke at the observance.