Dog meat ban ridiculous: Naga Hoho

The Naga Hoho stated no forces can stop and alter the food habit and culture of another community whether through legislation or force.

Expressing strong opposition over ban on dog meat, the Naga Hoho has stated that banning of dog meat, commercial import and trading of dogs in the markets and also sale of both cooked and uncooked is undoubtedly "ridiculous". 

"The decision of the Nagaland state cabinet on July 3 and the subsequent order of DIPR, Govt of Nagaland which was capitulated on July 21 with the conformity of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India, Food safety and standards Act 2006 and the Food safety & standards Regulation 2011 with regard to banning of dog meat, commercial import and trading of dogs in the markets and also sale of both cooked and uncooked is undoubtedly ridiculous," said a release issued by Communication Cell, Naga Hoho.

"Naga people at large consider and value the dog meat as medicine and part of food habits. No forces can stop and alter the food habit and culture of another community whether through legislation or force," it stated. 

While saying that Nagaland was never a part of Indian princely states and the history of migration, their customs and tradition and food habit and social life of the Nagas cannot be compared with the people in mainland India, it asserted that the right for food cannot be taken away by any authority on earth. 

It expressed doubt whether the Nagaland government is there to protect the rights of indigenous Naga people or to just follow the orders according to the whims and fancies of the Government of lndia. 

It went on to say that any directives that come from the government of India cannot be made into law without proper discussion in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. 

"Today it is pertaining to dog meat, tomorrow all forms of alien culture may be imposed on us thereby the sanctity of our existence will be perished if we are unable to protect ourselves from such invasion against the rights of indigenous people," it said and appealed to the government to review such order as Naga people are not going to stop eating dog meat and thereby the law itself will become a mockery.

The release maintained that the Naga people be it government servants or layman cannot deny their involvement and contributions to the Naga political struggle one way or the other.

Besides, every families have been facing the wrath of the occupational forces directly or indirectly. 

As such, the directives issued by the state government on July 7 asking the government employees to sign the declaration about the involvement of their relatives in the Naga movement for self determination is really shocking and beyond comprehension, it stated. 

Questioning the wisdom of the concerned authorities and the people in the power for imposing such orders making the government servants insecure of their sincere and dedicated service, it charged that the order also implies lack of trust and confidence on its employees. 

 

First Published: July 22, 2020, 9:25 p.m.