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N.C. Zeliang passes away

N.C. Zeliang passes away

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Date: May 8, 2005
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Introduction: A true nationalist, warrior for Naga culture

Known as Naga Hindu leader, Haipau N.C. Zelian, passed away in Guwahati on April 23. He was 69. He is survived by his wife and six sons. Zeliang had been undergoing treatment at down town hospital in Guwahati since April 4. According to doctors, he had been attacked with diabetic nephropathy and diabetic cardio-myopathy. It was later followed by cardiac arrest. His body was taken to Dimapur on the night of April 23 and then to Jalukie.

Born on March 23, 1936, at Ntuma village of Nagaland, N.C. Zeliang was the voice of all nationalist forces in the north-east region. He was a choir leader as a theologian during the visit of British missionary, Billy Graham, in 1972 at Kohima. He was an undisputed leader and pioneer of Zeliangrong Heraka Association-Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. He was elected president of the association since its formation in the year 1974 and fulfilled the responsibility till he breathed his last. He was also the recipient of Vivekananda Sewa Samman, Kolkata, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Swarna Jayanti Samman-2004 and Zeliang Unity Award, which added to his eminence. As far as his political career is concerned, N.C. Zeliang was first Congress-I MLA from Tanlung constituency, founder president of BJP, national executive member of BJP and member of CAPART.

N.C. Zeliang had been closely associated with Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram for the last 25 years. He was also the founder-member of Janjati Vikas Samiti, Nagaland. He was well known to the VHP leaders, the Rama Krishan Mission, the Bharat Sevasharam Sangh and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He played a key role in the growth and development of Zeliangrong Heraka Assocation. His recent speech, delivered on the occasion of the annual conference on February 12 at Jalukie, inspired the masses and created a sensation in the Naga society.

He was also an ardent supporter, promoter, preserver and patron of the North-East India Faith and Cultural Protection Forum. He led Naga cultural troupes even to foreign countries like Damascus, France, Syria, Holland and Poland. His demise is a big loss to Naga society.

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