Naga Army of the NSCN(I-M) stood in attention to present their greatest honour and last respects to their departed leader late Isak Chishi Swu, chairman/Yaruiwo NSCN(I-M) as the coffin containing the body was carried from the hearse.
The procession was accompanied by the congregational hymn ‘When We All Get To Heaven’. A contingent of the Naga Army fired several rounds to present the Gun Salute accompanied by blasting of bombs.
Naga leader Isak Chishi Swu, who led a bloody insurgency in the northeast for over three decades, died in New Delhi on June 28, 2016 following multi-organ failure.
“There was no difference between us,” he said and expressed great pride for leaders like Isak. Muivah said the footprint left behind by Isak to the correct path will inevitably lead to solution.
NSCN (I-M) vice-chairman, “gen.” (retd) Kholi praised Late Isak for his leadership qualities.
Member, Collective Leadership, “Gen” (retd) V.S. Atem, said that late Isak’s love for the Naga nation was above everything and that his ideals, dreams and spirit would continue to guide them.
Atem also became emotional as he addressed the late leader in making a pledge not to give up till the task he(Isak) lef behind was accomplished. Convenor, NSCN(I-M) Steering Committee, Qhevihe Chishi Swu, also paid rich tribute to the Yaruiwo. He said late Isak’s spirituality impacted those around and even R.N.Ravi (Interlocutor) used to suggest prayer before start of negotiations. NSCN (I-M) kilo kilonser, Rh.Raising, described late Isak as a ‘super star’ who came and was now “ gone to be with Christ.”
Apart from NSCN(IM) leaders, other insurgent groups of North East India, like NDFB leaders like chairman of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (R) (NDFB), D R Nabla, said the NDFB drew inspiration for its struggle from late Isak who, he said, was a fatherly figure of revolutionary movements in the entire region. “His legacy will be remembered by all freedom loving people,” Nabla said.