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Death of “Baba’ Khaplang” an irreparable loss – CorCom

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, June 11: Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of various rebel groups (PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro), RPF & UNLF) operating in the region condoled the demise of NSCN-K chairman SS Khaplang.
In a statement, signed by convener, Co-ordination Committee, Kh Pambei, CorCom declared that the passing away of Shangwang Shanyung Khaplang,(SS Khaplang), chairman of The National Socialist Council Of Nagaland, at the Council Headquarters (NSCN/GPRN), Taka on June 9, 2017is an irreparable loss to the revolutionary struggle of WESEA region.
“Baba Khaplang worked tirelessly and dedicated his whole life for the freedom and sovereignty of the Naga people who are being exploited and colonized, to the extent of deprivation of even their basic human rights. He is a revolutionary icon of the region” the statement said.
It further added that since his youthful days of Naga Defence Force and subsequently Eastern Naga Revolutionary Council, he was an epitome of struggle and suffering of the Naga peoples. He was a keen observer and had a clear vision of the common polity of the WESEA people who have common origin, composite history, composite culture and are interdependent and inseparable from one another. As such since 1976, during his association with AZ Phizo and NNC, he became well acquainted with the revolutionary parties of Manipur to pave the way for a common struggle against Indian Occupation Force and its colonial aggression. He firmly believed that only a united struggle of the WESEA Region can give deliverance of the people from its’ oppressors and enemies; and hence can withstand the challenges of time together, the statement added.
“Unfortunately, the much contentious Shillong Accord broke the Naga struggle into opposing groups, as those opposing the accord formed the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in 1980 with Isaac Chishi Swu, SS Khaplang, Thuingaleng Muivah as its Chairman, Vice Chairman and general secretary respectively. Furthermore, in 1988 NSCN broke into NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K), Baba Khaplang taking over as the Chairman of NSCN(K). Since then, as his firm commitment and clear vision of the region’s united struggle against Indian Colonial hegemony is more correct and acceptable, all the revolutionary parties of Manipur is staying and working together at his eastern Naga areas” the statement added.
Such is his revolutionary wisdom, his command is accepted among the various revolutionary parties of the WESEA Region and he is regarded as a Revolutionary Patriarch and referred to as Baba with much respect and fondness by one and all. He spent his whole life with his Naga Army in the jungles sharing their pain and hardships; always living a very simple life far from luxury and wanton.
In 1996, he went to Geneva and attended the UN Working Committee on Indigenous Populations, brought the Naga peoples as well as the region’s sufferings to the world view thereby exposing India’s colonial hegemonic rule.
To the liberation struggle of Manipuri peoples, he is truly a benefactor. The invaluable contributions of blood and sweat of the eastern Naga villagers living with their meager resources but always ready to share food, shelter and anything else can be attributed to all his magnanimity.
“Honourable Chairman Baba Khaplang having firm commitment and belief in a united struggle of the region always advocated for a Revolutionary United Front of the region. Hence he was the main architect of the erstwhile Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front in 1990. Although IBRF after working for a few years did not progress much, it laid the firm foundation for regional unity of our revolution and the its necessity was understood by all. Thereby, under the able leadership of Baba Khaplang, again a more compact Regional United Front named UNLFW was formed with KLO, NDFB, NSCN(K) and ULFA(I) with Baba Khaplang as its Chairman and since then is continuing a remarkable fight against IOF.”
“Although CorCom or any representative from Manipur is not in the UNLFW till now, it has been working together with UNLFW under the able leadership of its’ honourable Chairman Sir Khaplang and fighting jointly against the IOF. In such a crucial juncture of our revolutionary struggle, the sudden demise of our respected ‘Baba” Khaplang is a shock to us all and it had created a vacuum in our revolutionary struggle” the statement said further expressing profound sorrow with the grieving family, leaders, and the rank and file of NSCN(K) and Naga Army.

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