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NSF condemns attack on Zemes
Published on 27 May. 2009 1:14 AM IST
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Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has strongly condemned the atrocities meted out against the Zeme Nagas of NC hills by DHD (J) militants and expressed shock at what it termed as “inhuman act”. Stating that the killing of innocent public, burning down houses and harassment meted out to the non-Kachari communities were against humanity and uncalled for, the federation through a statement issued by its president, Mutsikhoyo Yhobu said DHD (J) operation against non-Kachari communities have led to loss of many precious lives and many displaced. The federation while observing that responsible authorities have remained silent, rather than protect the civilians, alleged that Assam police and para military forces in “connivance” with the outfit have started operations causing “undue harassment” to the people. Ruling out the claim of DHD to establish a “Dima Raji” within the Nagas ancestral land, the NSF said it cannot be justified since history had proven beyond doubt that tribals, particularly the Nagas, were divided into various political areas without prior consent of the people by British and India, adding that a section of Nagas have inhabited the North Cachar Hills of Assam since “time immemorial.” “The various policy of divide and rule has brought about hatred and poisoned the minds of our good neighbours,” the NSF averred. Asserting that Nagas have been often brutally abused for their goodness and their hospitality interpreted as weakness and their friendliness likened as submission, the NSF said: “but we will never allow our people to be disgraced or abused for what we have” and added that they would continue to respect and protect the sacred Naga homeland. The NSF appealing for good sense prevail among Dimasa Kachari and Nagas, opined that any contentious issues between the two communities should be resolved and settled through dialogue. It also affirmed that mutual respect and honor for each other’s “genuine rights” can be the basis for bringing about understanding and peace among the people.

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