Imphal, June 28: Isak Chisi Swu, co-founder of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) died at the Fortis Hospital in New Delhi after suffering from a prolong illness. He was 87 years old.
News agency IANS reported that that the NSCN-IM leader, who is also the President of the GPRN left for his heavenly abode at 12.40 pm of Tuesday. The leader was admitted at Fortis hospital since July 5 last year and had been undergoing treatment at the prestigious hospital after suffering from “severe kidney ailments and urinary tract infection”.
According to Naga Mirror, Isak Chisi Swu was born in 1929 and he is the son of Kushe Chishi Swu who belongs from the village Chishilimi Naga village. Chishilimi Naga village is a Sema (Sumi) village in the Zunheboto district of Nagaland.
He did his early education at American Mission School at Chishilimi then studied at Government High School, Kohima and graduated with Honours in Political Science from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong
Isak Chisi Swu joined underground in late 1950’s and served as Foreign Secretary The Naga National Council (NNC) which was a political organization of Naga people, active from the late 1940s to the early 1950s.
Under the leadership of Angami Zapu Phizo in the 1940s, it unsuccessfully campaigned for the secession of the Naga territory from India and creation for a sovereign Naga state after he became the foreign secretary he was later elevated to Vice President NNC.
The NSCN-IM leader Isak Chishi Swu is married to Khulu, and has five sons and one daughter.
Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and S.S. Khaplang were behind the formation of The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) on 31 January 1980 opposing the Shillong Accord signed by the then Naga National Council (NNC) with the Government of India. Following a disagreement, the group split into two factions, the NSCN-K led by S S Khaplang, and the NSCN-IM, led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah.Formed NSCN on 31st January, 1980 and become chairman of NSCN.
Negotiations between Indian and the NSCN-IM leaders have been going on since a ceasefire was signed in 1997, without a solution in sight, but since then several factions have emerged.