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Imchalemba distressed by Senden decision
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, sept 18 (npn):
Published on 19 Sep. 2009 12:00 AM IST
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Former Lok Sabha MP Imchalemba, who is currently member of the DAN Political Affairs Committee(PAC) has expressed regrets over the September 15 decision of the Ao Senden in derecognizing Changki villagers as members of the Ao community. In an interview with this Reporter at his residence here Friday, Imchalemba made it clear he was not speaking on behalf of the Changki village but on his own and as a veteran public leader. He opined that the Ao Senden being the forum of an advanced tribe such as the Aos, should have been more sensitive to future ramifications by such a decision, which he said was “done in haste”. Further , he said derecognition did not fall within the ambit of the Senden as it was not a statutory body. He also said the Senden has committed a grave injustice not only to the Changki villagers but also the Ao community of not following the Ao traditional custom of giving time and opportunity to the Changki villagers to be heard. Imchalemba said the Senden’s office bearers should not have taken such a drastic step, as they were treading on a dangerous path of dividing society instead of being responsive to the realization among Nagas today for reconciliation and unity. While stating that he was not going to speak on the issues involved that led to the Senden’s “regretful decision”, Imchalemba lamented that the Senden’s office bearers appeared to be more inclined towards doing what was done. Further, Imchalemba said Changki village has contributed a lot towards the Ao society by making it proud of pioneers in various fields. He named late Mayangnockha as the preeminent educationists among the Nagas as well as India’s first Olympic football captain Dr. T Ao besides giving not less than 20 IAS/IPS/IFS officers.

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