Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, leader of Opposition TR Zeliang and several others have condoled the demise of prominent Naga author Kaka Dierhekolie Iralu, who passed away after a prolonged illness at Christian Institute of Health Science and Research in Dimapur on Thursday and later laid to rest in Medziphema town on Friday. He was 64.
Taking to twitter, Rio wrote “ I’m saddened by the passing away of Kaka D Iralu; a prominent author & voice of Naga political movement. His death is a big loss to the Nagas. Through his writings he gave countless voices which needed to be heard; stories needed to be told. My condolences to the bereaved family.”
Leader of the Opposition, TR Zeliang, through a press statement expressed deep pain, mourning the demise of renowned Naga activist and political commentator. Mentioning the books “The Naga Saga” and “The Blood and the Tears’, written by Iralu in which he gave a historical account of the Indo-Naga war and the story of those who were never allowed to tell it, Zeliang praised the “patriotic soul” who stood for the “Naga cause till his last breath”.
“We have lost a significant figure whose desires for liberation of the Naga people was manifested through his exemplary life and the void created by his demise will be difficult to fill. Although his physical presence is no more, his books and commentaries on the Naga political issue and other state of affairs will live on to tell the story of a man who contributed so much during his lifetime,” Zeliang expressed.
The NSCN-IM also expressed shock over the sudden demise of Iralu. “A man of strong integrity and commitment in voicing the Naga political movement, he exercised his intellectual power to defend the sovereign identity of the Naga nation and stood his ground unwavered, a statement from its MIP read.
“Notwithstanding our differences in political perspective, we respect his integrity in upholding the political struggle of the Nagas. NSCN acknowledge him as a sensible Naga national and to die at this early age is a great loss for the Naga people,” the statement added.
NSCN/GPRN (Reformation) vice-president Inno Akato Chophi through MIP expressed extreme pain over the demise of the prolific author-writer of Nagaland and India, the Blood and Tears.
“He was an unbiased Naga thinker who always called ‘spade a spade’. The late soul never shied away from truth and was a true Naga patriot in his own rights. The late leader leaves behind his legacy as a dynamic political activist and a true social reformer for his fellow Nagas to cherish on. In his demise, the Angamis in particular and the Nagas in general have lost a true and daring Naga Leader, a frontrunner and a torchbearer whose place will be very difficult to be filled in,” the leader expressed.