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Khekiho asks Burma to stop discrimination
NEW DELhI, Nov 23 (Agencies):
Published on 24 Nov. 2009 3:12 AM IST
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Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland has called for Burma to create an administrative zone for the Naga people of Burma. MP Khekiho Zhimomi said the Nagas in India receive support fro*m the Indian government, unlike the Nagas in Burma who are discriminated against and receive little support from the military regime. The Burmese government shows no concern for the Nagas in its borders, he said, noting that the Nagas in India are not discriminated against and receive education and other benefits. “The Burmese government should take care of these people,” he said. “They should create an administrative zone for their development, for their welfare. They shouldn’t neglect them.” Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio made the same suggestion to U Kyi Thein, the Burmese ambassador to India, in Delhi in May, he said. “The Naga people are oppressed by the military regime,” he said. “We have to struggle to promote change and development.” The chairman of the Naga National League for Democracy, U Saw Lin, said the Naga in Burma face discrimination, forced labor and forced relocation. The Nagas in Burma live in a region ranging from northwest of Sagaing Division to northern Chin State. The home of the Nagas was divided by the India-Burma border as drawn by the British government in colonial times.

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