Day 4: Nagaland Has A Soldier In Delhi

On the fourth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, it stopped for the night at Aohadang Ground Tuli in Makokchung.

The second day in Nagaland began with a mesmerising cultural performance. After the cultural event at VK Town, Mr. Gandhi started his morning journey through Nagaland in a jeep. A huge crowd was waiting for him all along the journey from VK Town to Mokokchung. On his way to Mokokchung, Mr. Gandhi’s convoy was invited by locals of Alichen village for a tea break. Mr. Gandhi stopped at a roadside tea shop where he had a heartfelt conversation with little girls and villagers. While having tea with Mr. Gandhi meekly, one of the girls asked him a few questions, to which he responded cheerfully.

On the way to Mokokchung, Mr. Gandhi saw a biker group and stopped to chat with them. Mr. Gandhi’s love for bikes is no secret to those who know him. He engaged in a casual conversation with the members of the biker. Mr. Gandhi inquired about the features and modifications made to the bikes and which bike they preferred to ride. Mr. Gandhi also shared which bike he has. Whoever doubts the genuine intention of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra should watch the conversation between a passionate set of bikers, i.e., Mr. Gandhi and the Biker group.

Had a fun chat with a biker group touring Nagaland - all of us on different Yatras, but with the same motive, cherishing beautiful Bharat Mata!

Posted by Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, January 16, 2024

After this, Mr. Gandhi proceeded to Mokkchung Town Hall for his public address. Mr. Gandhi made it a point to ensure that an interpreter translated what he spoke in English into the local Naga language. While addressing the public, Mr. Gandhi recalled his conversation with little girls at the tea shop. He said- ‘This morning, I had tea with some people in a village in Alichen, we were driving by, and they invited us to have tea with them, and one of the little girls who was having tea with us asked me what the idea behind your yatra, so I told her I had heard there was a very special person in that house and the purpose of my yatra was to come and listen to her, to understand what the people of Nagaland are feeling, what they are thinking and to also understand their way of life, their way of living.’

In his public address, Mr. Gandhi attacked the Government of India and the BJP-RSS for their politics of destruction, hatred, and division of citizens in the name of culture, religion, etc. He reiterated the Congress Party’s conviction for equality and brotherhood among the people. Mr. Gandhi vehemently opposed the idea of discrimination propagated by the BJP based on Language, Region, Religion, Food Habits, and Culture. He said- ‘There is an ideological war going on in India. RSS and BJP are attacking all the different cultures in this country. What you speak, who you worship, what you eat, your marriage tradition, these are your traditions, these are nobody else’s business. As an Indian person, I must respect these cultures, traditions, and histories.’

Mr. Gandhi expressed his disappointment over the non-fulfilment of the Naga agreement. In the year 2015, there was an agreement signed between Naga’s HoHo community and the Government of India. Mr. Gandhi said- ‘I spoke about the injustice that the PM did to Manipur by not visiting Manipur and I would also like to speak about the Naga accord that the PM had committed to 9 years ago. I said I am ashamed that the Indian PM did not go to Manipur, I am equally ashamed that the Indian PM made a commitment to the people of Nagaland 9 years ago and has not done anything about it. If you don’t have a solution, you should not lie and say you have a solution, you can say that we have to work towards a solution, and we will work towards a solution but you must not lie to the people of Nagaland. So I would like to tell you that we understand that your issues are very serious and there is a requirement for a solution, a solution cannot be brought without having the trust of the people of Nagaland, without having a conversation, or discussion with the people of Nagaland. So I am quite sad having to say that what the PM committed 9 years ago is an empty promise and I also would like to tell you that we are committed to doing the hard work that is required to get a solution for you.’

Mr. Gandhi and the Yatris took a break for lunch at Chuchuyimlang village grounds. After lunch, Mr Gandhi went to visit Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, situated in Chuchuyimlang. The Nagaland Gandhi Ashram was established by Shri Natwar Thakkar in 1955. Mr. Thakkar was also known as Nagaland’s Gandhi for his contribution to society through his Social Work. The birthday of Gandhian Natwar Thakkar has been declared as Noble Deeds Day in remembrance of his selfless service to the Naga society Chuchuyimlang Village Council. Mr. Thakkar was conferred Padma Shree in 1999.

Mr. Gandhi also met the late Mr. Thakkar’s wife, a Padma awardee and social activist, Mrs. Lentina Ao. Mrs. Lentina Ao is the first Naga woman trained as a Gandhian volunteer at the Kashturba Ashram in the Ulubari area of Guwahati in Assam in the 1950s. Mrs. Latina has a sweet co-incidence of having known the First Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,  Smt. Indira Gandhi, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, and now having met Mr. Rahul Gandhi.

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