Nagalim: Calls for Peace and Unity Speech
In an independence day speech Dr. Senka Yaden calls for the unity of all Nagas and for an end to violence.
Below is an article published by Naga International Support Center:
My Dear Naga People:
Today, the 14* of August, 2008 commemorates the 61st anniversary of the declaration of the Naga Independence Day in 1947. I greet you in the name of NNC and proudly join the chartered members in the celebration of the historic day.
Independence Day is a good day to examine and contemplate who we are, how we got here, and what we have. It gives us the opportunity to remind us our heritage as we honor the legacy of freedom and sacrifices of our ancestors. It is well for us to recall, remember, and recollect the elements of our characteristics which have made us unique and different at this moment of our history.
On this Independence Day, I ask you to make this day a day of refreshing, a day of hope and a day of thanksgiving. Today we honor those who have honored us with their sacrifices for the aspirations of freedom for a better future of the Nagas.
We observe this day as a national moment of remembrance and participate in an act of national unity and demonstrate gratitude and respect for those who continue to serve for the betterment of our nation.
Today is a day to be thankful and to be inspired Thankful for the release of NNC General Secretary, Vizoselhu Nagi In God's Will our prayers are answered. For we believe that our cause is noble and it is the cause of mankind.
On this Independence Day I would like to ask the world to respect our aspiration to make peace with security in the right way- for a lasting peace without violence and pray for the fulfillment of the vision of a better, more peaceful future for the Nagas.
This day should serve as a meaning for every Naga as we cannot be consumed by our petty differences. We will be united in our common interests. We want unity, peace, security, and economic prosperity by restoring the legacy of independence, self reliance and sovereignty of our land.
Let us forget the tribal quarrels; they exhaust us and risk making us despised abroad. As we proclaim our love for our country, let us engage in a movement through the power of the people, united, one people, one nation.
Let us have faith in one another and renew our beliefs in family, friends, faith, and future as an individual that will offer the society and church that trusts, loves, and honors in the potentials of its people who are willing to critically examine its own behavior and its choices.
Let this day forever refresh our identity as to who we are and what we want. You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence day every year as birthdays in the life of every nation. Spirit of men must earn and be refreshed or else it will wither and perish.
Independence is a chance to better oneself, without freedom, no one has a name. If we despise our own people we have no future. We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate and violence. It is time to stop our land being laid waste and our people living under subnormal socio-economic condition and subverted culture.
I encourage every Naga this Independence Day to put aside our differences and remember those who gave their lives to defend our nation, so that we may have the freedom to live how we choose.
I express my deepest gratitude to all those working hard to promote and preserve our heritage and identity for generations to come. And I hope that this remembrance will keep us connected as we celebrate the legacy and the perpetuation of the Independence Day.
I wish all the Naga people a meaningful and a happy Independence Day Let us reflect and rally as a united people to confront our problems and resolve to overcome in the face of adversity. Let us challenge ourselves to be innovative through the education of science and research to find solutions for the benefit of our country.
Join us today in the celebration of the enduring principles of freedom and the spirit of the Nagas on this Naga Independence Day.
May God Bless Nagaland.
You can trust the one who calls you to do that for you (1 Thessalonians 5:24)