Naga People's Front (NPF)
Nagas have been split up without their consent and their contiguous areas are partly under Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Another one-third of the Naga population is in Myanmar. There are hundreds of Naga Villages which are recognized as the self Administered Zone. All these Naga populated areas are contiguous to each other. In the assembly of the Union of Myanmar, Nagas are represented by five Members in both Houses (as of 2013) of which one is a Union Minister. At present, there are 16 tribes in Nagaland, eight in Manipur, two in Assam, five in Arunachal and 23 Naga Tribes in Myanmar, not including sub-tribes.
From its inception as ‘Democratic Party of Nagaland’ in 1963, to Naga People’s Front today, the party had undergone change of nomenclature a number of times to suit the demanding situation of the different periods. But the policy, principles and symbol, motto etc. remained unchanged, with the Latin catch word - ’Fide non Armis’, meaning "by faith, not by arms", as its guiding principle for solving the indo-Naga problem.
Nagas have had a unique history. Naga culture, heritage and traditions are precious assets. It is under such realities that it became immensely important for Nagaland to be led by regional political leadership. The NPF, as a political party, holds great pride in the unique history of the Nagas. The party strongly feels for the preservation of Naga culture and traditions. Such an approach can never be adopted by a national party, no matter what may be spoken or written by them. The NPF claims that only through it can Nagaland hope to march forward without any threat to Naga culture or ageless traditions being overrun by others.
Today, NPF stands as the oldest regional political party in Nagaland including the north eastern states. The "cock party" under the nomenclature of Naga People’s Front, presents the new face of the Naga people. It represents both the old and the new, as it strives to firmly establish the aspirations of the Naga people in the map of the global village without compromising on its rich cultural heritage and unique identity. Over the past decades, through thick and thin, as some regional parties came and went, the "cock party" stood the test of time.
As a popular regional political party, NPF has not only grown stronger and acceptable to the people of the state of Nagaland. This can be strongly supported by the fact that, having participated in the last general election of Manipur state, the party won 4 (four) MLA seats. The NPF has its regional unit in Arunachal Pradesh as well.
The party’s initiative provides a platform where all Nagas can come together thereby paving the way for emotional integration of the Pan-Naga family. It is a proud achievement for all Nagas that the Nagas of Myammar have been politically recognized, with the creation of an autonomous and Naga self-administered zone, along with representation in the Myanmar parliament. The journey of Naga integration is well underway and the NPF will ensure that all Measures to forge understanding, oneness and unity of all Nagas will be pursued.
Overviews of the past regional governments give a clear indication of the fact that regional leaders had vision and genuine concern for the welfare of the people. Visionary policies like the Compact Area Development Fund; (now known as the Local Area Development Fund), the VDB fund and backward area development fund, village council act, Department of Under Developed Areas (DUDA). Inclusion of tribal Hoho representatives into the planning mechanism of the government, etc. are all the work of the regional Cock party led governments. These policies and measures have ensured lasting social security, aimed at improving the overall welfare of the people, especially the weaker sections of society.
The NPF role of active facilitator has resulted in the formation of the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) under the leadership of the honorable Speaker. The initiatives of the JLF were unprecedented in the history of the state. All political parties and all 60 members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have risen above party lines and political affiliations to come together in forming the JLF. The JLF has had consultations with all sections of Saga society, including civil societies, tribal Hohos, mass based organizations, NGOs, Churches and the forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR).
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