Press statement, 25 November, 2019 (Rejoinder to Indian Army PRO’s statement)

                                                    GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NAGALIM

                                                                            Ministry of Information and Publicity

                                                                                         PRESS REJOINDER

                                                                               Hebron, 25th November, 2019

Ever since the Naga political movement started more than seventy (70) years ago, the passion to serve the Naga nation has been growing steadily and spontaneously among the Naga youths because the Indo-Naga political issue matters to them. It matters to them because it is a question of redefining Naga’s political identity. It is a question of protecting Naga’s historical and political right. Thus, it is a question of Naga’s pride as a nation. This is the reason why young people, irrespective of their education level continues to be motivated to find their way to NSCN camps and other political groups. This is in reference to the press note issued by the PRO (Defence) Lt. Col. Sumit Sharma that said “Covert recruitment racket of NSCN (IM) busted in Mon on November 21, 2019” as appeared in local dailies dated 25th November, 2019.

This is a misplaced statement against the NSCN and goes against the historical right and reality as testified in the past many years. Naga people’s zeal to serve the political cause of the Naga nation should not be undermined and contaminated in such a manner. The sanctity of the dearest Naga political issue will stand strong to inspire Naga youths, no matter how much effort is put in by the Assam Rifles and Indian Army personnel to give a different color.

The Naga youths willing to join the Naga national service out of their own conviction does not violate the ceasefire ground rules (CFGR). They are not being forced by any local authority or NSCN.

                                                                                                                                                                         Issued by MIP