Jun 29, 2016

Nagalim: NSCM-IM Chairman Passes Away Aged 87


87-year-old chairman and founding-member of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), Isak Chishi Swu, has died due to multiple organ failure at a hospital in New Delhi. A condolence meeting will be held at NSCN-IM’s headquarters following the arrival of Swu’s body in Nagalim this Wednesday 29 June 2016.

Below is an article published by The Economic Times:

Isak Chishi Swu, the 87-year-old founder-member and chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) passed away in a hospital in New Delhi due to multiple organ failure. NSCN-IM had signed a framework agreement with the government on India last year. Swu’s death, NSCN-IM insiders said, will not impact the ongoing peace talks.

Recently Kholi Konyak, president of NSCN-KK joined IM and was made vice-chairman. “The aging leadership of NSCN octogenarian Thuingaleng Muivah and Swu has been a matter of concern for the outfit.

However NSCN-IM has a system of collective leadership and there are enough people to take decisions, a senior functionary in NSCN-IM told ET. Last year Prime-minister Narendra Modi and NSCN-IM leadership inked the framework agreement the details of which are yet to be made public. Swu, owing to ailment, could not attend the signing ceremony which was held in August last in New Delhi. Swu’s body will arrive in Nagaland on Wednesday [29 June 2016]. There will be a condolence meeting at NSCN-IM’s headquarters Camp Hebron. His last rites are likely to be done in his village in the Zunheboto district of Nagaland. Swu was a Sema Naga.

Swu, who was a political science graduate from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, joined the underground outfit, Naga National Council (NNC) in 1950 and served as its foreign secretary. This organisation formed by Angami Zapu Phizo fought for the secession of Nagaland from India. Swu later went on to become the vice-president of NNC.

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