Dimapur, January 21 (MExN): The Yung Aung-led NSCN-K has called for a “boycott” of India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26 which “will be effective in all Naga Inhabited Land of the so-called Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam states.”
This was stated in a press release issued by the group’s MIP in-charge, Maj. Joseph Lamkang.
“The NSCN/GPRN deeply honour and stand by the 1951 plebiscite wherein 99.9% Nagas voted for full sovereignty and unanimous boycott of the first Indian general election in 1952. Hence the Nagas, having a full sovereign right, has no reason to observe India’s imposed Republic Day or Independence Day in our land. The yearly unfurling of her victory flag in our country as well as all over West South East Asia Region under heavy blanket of her military forces is only to propagate Indian nationalism and strengthen her nefarious ‘Divide and Destroy’ policy,” it stated today.
While calling upon Naga citizens to exercise their birthright by supporting the boycott call, the release stated, “In her desperate attempt to completely crush the legitimate Naga freedom movement, India used worse form of tactics to subjugate, terrorize and oppress the Naga public and fighters alike through her hideous draconian laws and many ugly hidden policies.”
The “cooperation and moral support” thus rendered is “vital to sustain our struggle” in the “crucial chapters in the history of our national movement,” the statement read.