I am grieved to learn about the sudden demise of SS Khaplang last evening in Myanmar.
It is tragic that such an important Naga leader like Mr Khaplang has expired considering the fact that the protracted Naga political problem is on the verge of being resolved, and the need for all different Naga political groups to come together to air our views and aspirations to the Government of India in one voice is absolutely imperative.
After the group abrogated the Ceasefire with the Government of India in 2015, in consultation with the Government of India, the Government of Nagaland has been sending delegations to meet the NSCN (K) leadership in Myanmar in recent times to convince the group to re-enter into the peace process with the Government of India to find an early solution to the Naga political problem. And it was encouraging to learn that Mr Khaplang had, a few months back, conveyed his willingness to have dialogue with the Government provided “issues of substance” were discussed. However, before things could be taken forward to its logical conclusion, it is calamitous that the Naga leader could not live long enough to see the proverbial Promised Land.
In memory of the departed soul, and before the mortal remains are interred below ground, I appeal to all grieving Nagas to resolve and dedicate ourselves to endeavour with renewed vigour and determination to find a solution to the Naga political problem which is honourable and acceptable to all stakeholders; and that this protracted problem be resolved during our lifetime and not to bequeath it to the future generations. In memory of the departed leader who had dedicated all his life to the cause of the Naga people, let all Naga people dedicate ourselves to strive for peace, harmony and well-being of the entire Naga family so that we and our children can march ahead with the rest of the world as equals in the 21st century and for ever more.
On behalf of the Government and people of Nagaland, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and pray that the Almighty grant them solace and comfort at this hour of grief.
May the Almighty lift up the light of His countenance upon the departed soul and give him peace, now and for ever.
– Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu
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