Raj Bhavan Durbar Hall is Dr. Imkongliba Hall now

(Nagaland Governor R.N Ravi, CM Neiphiu Rio, former CM & Governor, Dr. SC Jamir and their lady wives with Awardees at Raj Bhavan | Photo: DIPR)

Kohima, January 26 (NE): Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan Kohima is renamed as Dr. Imkongliba Hall on the occasion of 71st Republic Day, January 26, 2020, to commemorate his ultimate sacrifice in the service of Naga people. Dr. T Imkongliba Ao was one of the pioneering architects of the State of Nagaland.

The Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi and his Lady wife hosted ‘AT HOME’ at Raj Bhavan, Kohima, today. Governor said it is an occasion to remember and pay our respects to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and other leaders whose struggles and sacrifices led to decolonisation of India. On the occasion, he also saluted the pioneers of Nagaland who fought for the welfare and wellbeing of the Naga people in times of turbulence. “These leaders under extraordinary circumstances put their heads together and carved out what is best for the people of Nagaland. These leaders also got together, deliberated and pursued a path for the Naga people and much more than that is the incorporation of a special provision in the constitution of India,” said Ravi.

The Governor said that the Naga people have not forgotten Dr. Imkongliba and his sacrifices for the naga people in times of turmoil. In his honour, the Durbar Hall has been named Dr. Imkongliba Hall as a sign of respect and honour to his deeds and sacrifices.

Dr SC Jamir, delivering a short speech said it was the right forum and the right occasion as one of the pioneers of the State to unfold some of the truths about the achievements of the NPC that were suppressed till today. Jamir stated that the Sixteen Point Agreement of I960 was evolved after exhaustive and widespread deliberations by the representatives of the 16 tribes of Nagaland, is a prominent milestone in the chequered political history of the Nagas. He further added that the solemn and unanimous resolution of the Naga Peoples Convention was to salvage the hopes and aspirations of the Naga people. Jamir also said that after examining in depth the historical and political records of the Naga National Council, the Naga Peoples Convention included Article 371 (A) as one of the most important demands during the negotiation with the Prime Minister of India in I960. However, Jamir said that over the years the 16 Point Agreement had been scorned and maligned by vested interests and even including those who are enjoying the fruits of Statehood.

He called upon the younger generation especially young political leaders of the state to clearly understand how and why the Naga Peoples Convention emerged in the Naga political scenario, so that a true perspective can emerge on the ideas, ethos, activities and goals of the NPC.

Jamir said that the greatest need in the current political scenario in Nagaland is to recognize and conform to the contemporary realities, as we are in the threshold of a new dawn for a united, peaceful and progressive Nagaland. He also gave a clarion call to the people of Nagaland in general and the leaders in particular should completely bury their hatchets with true Christian spirit, reinvent, redesign and revolutionize the new Nagaland to measure up to the sanctity of the declaration of our Churches “Nagaland for Christ.”

On behalf of the family members of Dr. Imkongliba Ao, Tali Longkumer expressed profound gratitude to his Excellency, R.N. Ravi and the government for arranging such a solemn programme in honoring the memory of his father and his colleagues especially on such a historic day when the people of India solemnly resolved to give to themselves a sovereign, democratic republic.

Tali said Dr. Imkongliba accepted the overwhelming challenges of shouldering the Naga Politics of his days that were churning through the crisis of identity and survival. It was indeed a difficult and dangerous assignment that was reposed upon him in charting a way of peace in the midst of violence and bloodshed. He had nevertheless accepted this challenging task with courage, vision and fortitude that subsequently paved the way for the Naga delegation to Delhi under his leadership for negotiation with the Government of India culminating in signing of the Historic 16 Point Agreement that contained a provision for the creation of the State of Nagaland.

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister Nagaland Neiphiu Rio unveiled the Plaque rechristening Durbar hall as ‘Dr. Imkongliba Hall’. Governor and Lady Wife felicitated 21 Naga personalities, namely, Dr. SC Jamir, J.B Jasokie, Kheloshe Sema, RC Chiten Jamir, Goyiepra Chakesang, TN Angami, Etssorhomo Ezung, Tanwang Konyak, P Demo, Imtiechuba Yimchunger, Bauting Phom, Sentsi Rengma, Sashimeren Aier, R Khathing, Chuba Sangtam, Loyem Chang, Chingai Konyak and Hokishe Sema) and presented Governor’s Award for outstanding contribution in conservation and protection of environment and creating awareness and mitigation of social ills. Madhuri Wildlife Sanctuary and Joint Action Committee against opium addiction (JACAOA) was presented Governor’s award at the event. Chief Minister Nagaland Neiphiu Rio delivered a short speech at the program and Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy pronounced the vote of thanks.

Earlier, the Governor of Nagaland, R.N. Ravi also had an interaction over ‘High Tea’ with Mrs & Dr. S.C. Jamir at Banquet Hall, Raj Bhavan on 25th January 2020, said a notification from DIPR.