It’s confirmed that the 77-year-old Naga insurgent leader SS Khaplang passed away in Myanmar. Born as Eno Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang, the chief of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland, was called lovingly by Nagas as “Baba”. Earlier, Zoram Observer was one of the first to report the passing away of Khaplang.
Khaplang’s main demand was independence of Nagaland which he said comprised of “Indian and Myanmar controlled areas” inhabited by the Naga tribemen.
“In his passing away Nagas have lost a stalwart of the fight for the universal right to live as one united and free peoples,” A Jamir said in a Facebook post, adding that “no one will deny that Baba Khaplang in his lifetime stood for his principles of one Naga Nation.”
“We the common folks of this great land can only pray for his soul and that no matter how much generations it takes his dream will be fulfilled.”
The Naga leader is said to left his last will before his death.
Mr. Jamir posted what he claimed was a “will from the legend before he takes his last breath”.
KHAPLANG’S LAST WILL
I have stood under the banner of ‘Nagaland for Christ’ with the hope that my people may see both physical and spiritual freedom from the oppression of the ruthless occupiers. I have done my part for the freedom of my people with the little capacity God has given me. And now, the younger generations of Nagaland need to continue the legacy left to you like passed down to us by the elders. Never weaver nor be carried away with the ideologies of the aliens that Nagas do not deserve to be a Nation.
As a human, I have done many wrongs and forgive me all my failures in this noble venture of our cherished freedom.
My sons and daughters, please continue to hold on the torch of our freedom until we reach the promised land.
19:30hrs Friday 9th June 2017.