Red Carpet Welcome For Swu, Muivah At Delhi

Isak Chisi Swu and Th Muivah with their wives at a civic reception.

NEW DELHI, Jan 23: Hundreds of Nagas in Delhi gathered today evening to welcome the arrival of Chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim Isak Chishi Swu, who was accompanied by his wife.

He was also flanked by the NSCN (IM) General Secretary Th. Muivah, also accompanied by his wife and other Naga leaders.

Speaking before the anxious Nagas who waited to hear him, the Chairman said that the NSCN leadership is coming to Delhi on the invitation of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh,  for the  purpose of furthering the political negotiation towards concretizing it into a final solution. He added that the NSCN acknowledges the positive attitude and effort of the Government of India and that NSCN is also committed from its side. With the finest moment near at hand the Chairman cautioned that it will be prudent for both the side not to miss this opportunity to resolve the issue.

General Secretary Th. Muivah in his speech informed that the GOI has understood and recognized the uniqueness of the Naga history, and is basis where the talk was initiated. He assured that the Nagas will not be betrayed. ‘We are not a lost people or a lost nation’ said the General Secretary of the NSCN (IM) who further elaborated that successive Prime Minister has assured for a solution including the present PM, which is honorable and acceptable to both the side. ‘What is honorable is up to us’ said the General Secretary.  He further stated that to what extend the GOI will reflect (their understanding and acceptance of the Naga history) is a serious question and ‘that is the issue remaining to be solved’ said Muivah.

Emphasizing the commitment from the side of the NSCN The general secretary said ‘we have not fire a single bullet’ and that the leadership is here today without any arms for talks reasserting that ‘if GOI is committed, solution is not far away’. He also cautioned the gathering that the long 13 years of talks is not a weakness form the part of the NSCN, but the ‘˜patient enough’ Nagas should not be forced what is not possible.  Both the leaders spoke on the concern of difference arising among the Nagas, and that NSCN is working hard toward the reconciliation process and is prepared to meet at the highest level.

Organized by Naga Community Delhi several Naga students, scholars, employees attended the reception. Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu and the Poumai Tsiidoumai Me presented a traditional dance and folk song in welcome of the Naga leadership. Prayers were also held by Naga pastors residing in Delhi.

*Reported by Ninglun Hanghal

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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