NSCN-K condemns Central government for erasing word ‘Naga’ in Naga areas of Arunachal Pradesh

The NSCN-K stated that all those Naga MLAs and leaders who supported the illegal bill will be held accountable and will be levelled as anti-Naga.

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NSCN-K has expressed strong condemnations against the alleged “illegal and imprudent” move by the Central government to erase the word ‘Naga’ in the Naga areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Central government in connivance with Arunachal government and some corrupt Naga leaders have work out to remove 'Any Naga tribe' and recognised Tangsa, Tutsa, Nocte and Wancho as separate identity under her constitution, NSCN-K alleged in a release issued by ministry of information and publicity on Wednesday.  

This is a blatant insult to the ongoing Naga struggle and clearly indicates that the Central government has wilfully undermined and ignored the legitimate right, identity and history of the Naga people, it stated.  

It stated that for thousands of years, Nagas proudly and peacefully inhabited their present land in the so-called states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam and Eastern (Myanmar).

They have never known foreign power till the British set foot on their land in the early 1830s and fought tooth and nail to defend every inch of their country. After the British left in 1947 both India and Burma applied the same colonial policies and forcibly entered and occupied the Naga country which led to an armed confrontation till today, it added.  

“Only pages of our history know how much the Nagas have suffered and sacrificed to defend our sovereign birth right from the foreign invaders. The world also knows that the Naga issue is a case of invasion and not the internal problem of any country,” it mentioned.  

It further alleged that the Central government is constantly playing deceptive means and political gimmicks to disintegrate Nagas in the name of development to suit her purposes. This smear campaign to divert the world's attention from the core Naga issue will be counterproductive, it added.  

The Central government’s continual refusal to honour and recognise the legitimate Naga cause is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions and also questions her solemn commitment to International laws, it further stated.  

“The word 'Naga' is what literally binds Nagas together as one people and we will never give up for anything in the world,” it stated. As much as NSCN-K opposes the Central government’s hegemony, the organisation will continue to reject and fight all of her discriminatory laws in our country, it maintained. Every Naga tribe has a special responsibility to come together and denounce such a divisive move which is a grave danger to our on-going struggle, it stated.  

All those Naga MLAs and leaders who supported the illegal bill will be held accountable and will be levelled as anti-Naga, it added.  

First Published:Sept. 15, 2021, 9:48 p.m.

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