PRESS STATEMENT, the 26th September, 2023: GPRN’s response to Indian PM Mr. Modi’s cleanliness drive appeal


Ministry of Information and Publicity



Oking, the 26th September, 2023


In what can be termed as playing into the nerves of the Naga people’s religious ethos as the call of the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi for a nationwide cleanliness drive falls on October 1 (Sunday), the Nagas as Christians cannot simply abide by the call of the Prime Minister no matter how noble is the cleanliness drive.

For any such nationwide drive for cleanliness, the sentiment attached with the spirit of secularism must be rightfully respected. The Naga people will stand as one Christian family to resist such cleanliness initiative that defies the mutual respect for different faiths that reflects the secular character of India. NSCN cannot remain as mere spectator to any policy or initiative that obstructs and undermine Christian faith.

The bold step taken by Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) that “We must obey God rather than human beings” is something highly valued and appreciated. It is to stress the importance of Naga people’s attachment to God, because no matter the challenge of life, no matter the weight of problem we face, it is God who sustains us. The Christian’s Holy Bible teaches that God not only created the universe but He upholds and sustains it day by day, hour by hour. The Bible further says that Christ, the son of God, upholds the universe by the word of His power.

All said and done, the Nagas cannot deny God by obeying the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.