The HNLC declared 21st September as Martyrs’ day when its first cadre was shot death

Shillong, Sept 21: Sambor Mawthoh allies Dengdeng holds a significant place in the history of the Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). He tragically lost his life as the first cadre of HNLC during an encounter with the Meghalaya Police on September 21st, 1994 at Jaiaw. In recognition of his sacrifice, the HNLC declared this day as the Martyrs’ Day of the organization.

The HNLC meticulously maintains records of all its cadres and leaders who have dedicated their lives to the cause of the Hynńiewtrep Nation. The bloodshed by these brave youths will not be in vain, as the HNLC is determined to ensure that our struggle becomes a part of history.

The importance of this day lies in commemorating and honoring the courageous leaders and cadres who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the relentless fight against Indian illegal occupation and oppression. It is a solemn occasion that pays tribute to those who fearlessly fought for the rights and aspirations of their people.

The unwavering dedication, sacrifices, and the ultimate sacrifice made by these youths serve as a testament to their indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to seeking justice and freedom. On this day, we take a moment to solemnly remember their invaluable sacrifices and express our heartfelt gratitude for their selflessness and bravery.

The formation of the HNLC is based on our nation’s historical rights. Numerous young individuals have joined the HNLC, prepared to rewrite history. There has never been a bloodless revolution, nonviolent revolution, or turn-the-other-cheek revolution in history.

Nonviolence will not be effective if the oppressor lacks a moral conscience. As evidenced in history, even Pharaoh did not change his mindset until he underwent a divine test.

However, it is important to note that despite experiencing a change of heart, Pharaoh’s intentions shifted again, ultimately leading to his pursuit of the Hebrew people in order to reenslave them.

Let  remember the words of Subhash Chandra Bose: “Give me blood, and I promise you freedom.” Similarly, Patrick Henry expressed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” These quotes remind us that freedom comes at a price; it is not obtained without sacrifice.

When the government resorts to violence, it is considered maintaining law and order, but when our people respond with violence, it is labeled as breaking the law. There comes a point in time when even a peaceful person must engage in war.

It is important to recall that all the prophets of God were peaceful individuals who also had warrior-like qualities. Even Jesus said NO to the state and defied all the laws of the land. May the souls of these fallen heroes find eternal peace, and may their legacy continue to inspire future generations to stand up against injustice and oppression.

Martyrs Day serves as a reminder of their noble cause, urging us to carry forward their aspirations and never waver in our pursuit of justice and freedom for the Hynńiewtrep Nation, said Mr. Sainkupar Nongtraw General secretary cum Publicity secretary, HNLC in the press statement.


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