Tuccu highlights significance of Naga Constitution

Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Mar 21: NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu has called upon the Nagas to reflect on the significance of the Naga Constitution and the values it upholds.
This was mentioned in the speech of the NSCN (IM) chairman on the 45th Naga Republic Day celebration at Council Headquarters, Hebron near Dimapur today.
Addressing the day, Tuccu said that the day is a great day in the history of the Nagas. “As we celebrate this historic day, let us take a moment to reflect on the significance of our Constitution and the values it upholds. Our Constitution is a beacon of hope, a symbol of our commitment to stand by our historical and political rights. Let us therefore, breathe the air of faith in our hearts and the memories of those who have shown us the way through their martyrdom. Let us salute the Naga Nation today and fill our hearts with pride and hope in our Almighty God who has sustained us giving us the courage to stand by our rights,” the leader added.
Q Tuccu urged the Nagas to remember their patriotic leaders and give their gratitude to many people who fought for “our God given rights under the banner of our Flag”. He said the Naga Flag tells everything about the Naga Nation, the Naga identity that nobody can take away. “It is this Flag that brings us all together as a Nation. Let me remind you that from the day NSCN entered into political talks with the Government of India we made our stand very clear that no attempt should be made to bully the Nagas into submission,” he informed.
“We took the bold stand to tell the Government of India that the blunder of history should not be repeated by introducing another 16 point type of solution,” said the NSCN leader.  Having taken such a stand, it is no doubt a tough negotiation all the way as the Government of India is desperate to have its way imposed on the Nagas, the NSCN (IM) leader said.
“We stood the ground, not submitting to their self-centred and domineering narrative. Our perseverance was ultimately rewarded when the final breakthrough came in 2002 when the unique history of the Nagas and the situation was given official recognition by the Government of India. This changes the power dynamics of NSCN and boosts their morale. It was a turning point and milestone as the absolute truth of the historical and political rights of the Nagas was placed beyond the contestable spectrum”, he said.
However, Tuccu said it took them more than a decade of tough talking to take forward the Indo-Naga political talks based on the unique history of the Nagas. “No wonder the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi demonstrated a high level of initiative to solve the Naga political issue to end the seven decades old Naga issue once and for all,” Tuccu said. Finally, the world was awakened when the high profile signing ceremony of Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015, was broadcast live on TV channels to make the world bear witness to the historic agreement, he recalled. “Significantly, this agreement made an indelible impact on the Indo-Naga political talks as we remained resolute to stand by Framework Agreement in the face of the flagging attention by the Government of India,” the NSCN (IM) chairman added.
Q Tuccu further, “We are now in a situation where we must exhibit true political courage”. He also said NSCN is not ready to stand by and tamely accept defeat to surrender the rights of the Nagas. “Let us together carry on the essence of Naga republic beyond this moment. Let us exercise our duty to uphold the values as we continue with this timeless tradition as it symbolizes the achievement of Naga independence and the establishment of our Government to assert our political identity”.
The NSCN-IM leader said the Naga Republic Day also highlights the democratic values and principles of the Naga Constitution which serves as the guiding document for the Nation. “May the flame of patriotism continue to burn brightly in the hearts of all Nagas,” he concluded.