The 16-point agreement signed in 1960 between the Naga People`s Convention (NPC) and the Indian government led to the establishment of the state of Nagaland in 1963. Imkongliba was the first president of the NPC and in 1963 also president of the transitional government. The solemn and unanimous NPC resolution aims to save the hopes and aspirations of the Naga people, he said, adding that the agreement was designed and drafted very consciously and reasonably, taking into account all the urgent and exhausting socio-political realities that prevail to serve as the basis for an honorable solution to the angry Naga issue. As the only living signatory to the agreement, Jamir recorded the indisputable reality that the NPC has always sought to create a favorable political environment in the region to clearly and unequivocally highlight the fundamental foundation of the Nagas` legitimate claims and long-standing political aspirations before the Indian government. Jamir said the younger generation, especially the state`s young political leaders, should clearly understand how and why the NPC emerged in the Naga political scenario so that a real perspective can emerge in terms of ideas, ethics, activities and goals. . Jamir, the only survivor among the 21 signatories of the 16-point agreement, spoke at the governor`s “house” ceremony on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day, unveiling a plaque that renamed Durbar Hall Dr. Imkongliba Hall to Raj Bhavan. He recalled that the 16-point agreement had been drawn up after extensive and thorough consultations among representatives of the 16 tribes of Nagaland and that it was an important milestone in the turbulent political history of the Nagas. In his remarks today, Governor Ravi said many of us can only try to imagine the extraordinary circumstances in which people gathered, kept a cool head and made the best decision for those caught in the crossfire. Prime Minister Neiphiu Rio and Imkongliba`s son, Tali Longkumer, also spoke on the occasion.
. Former Nagaland Prime Minister S.C. Jamir on Sunday lamented that the 16-point deal has been slandered over the years by interest groups, including those who have benefited from the fruits of the state. There were only two options left: surrender and become a district of Assam again or find an alternative to protect the political unity of the Nagas, he said. The NPC opted for the second option and that is why the Nagas now had their government elected to shape their future according to their own choice and design, he added. . The entire population had to reckon with an acute famine and, as a result, people died of starvation, he recalled. .