The Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) came together at its office premises to mark the 77th Naga Independence Day on 14 August. The celebration event was held under the theme “Significance of hoisting the National Flag.”
Marking the significance of the Day, the Naga National Flag was hoisted by Lanutoshi Aier, the President of AKM.
Prof Dr Lanusashi from Nagaland University, serving as the theme speaker, reflected on the profound meaning behind the day. He emphasized that 14th of August holds immense significance for the Naga people, a historical milestone that the younger generation should be aware of. Prof Lanusashi urged the Nagas to embrace the day with a spirit of free celebration intertwined with prayers to honor the Naga Independence.
Speaking on the theme, the professor delved into the historical context of the day. He recounted that on 14 August 1947, the Naga National Council (NNC) declared Naga independence, the event marked by the hoisting of the ‘Angami Shawl’ in Kohima. Later, in 1956, the first ever Naga flag was hoisted in the Rengma area of Parashen when the Naga Yehzabo was passed in presence of AZ Phizo and other leaders.
Highlighting the profound symbolism of national flags, Prof Lanusashi underscored that they stand as a testament to a nation’s existence, permanence, and ideals. Much like the Indian flag represents hope, aspiration and a symbol of pride for Indians, he said the Naga flag stands for nationalism, dignity, and freedom.
He cited the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). “Both covenants affirm that peoples have the rights to self-determination and the remaining colonial countries should promote its realization,” he added. UNDRIP (2007) recognized Indigenous Peoples Rights to Self Determination in its entire collective political, territorial, economic, social, and cultural,” he said.
He further emphasized that the Naga solution must be based on historical, political and UN framework recognizing the inherent rights of the Nagas, peaceful coexistence and as good neighbors. “Our flags must be recognized by all including India/Burma. It must fly in dignity, equality and freedom,” he said.
Addressing the AKM and the youths, Prof Lanusashi urged them to play an active role in the journey ahead. He highlighted the paramount importance of their involvement in realizing the shared aspirations of the Nagas.
The celebration ended with a mass benediction.