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KTC opposes move to rename Dimapur
Published on 27 Apr. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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Kachari Tribal Council (KTC) has said it would oppose any move to rename Dimapur, which was once the capital of Kachari kingdom and has historical significance.
In a statement, the KTC said it was miffed as the Council was kept in the dark about the development and also expressed unhappiness about the fact that the government was actually contemplating such a move. According to UNI, the council said it would not remain silent if the government decided to go ahead with the idea of renaming Dimapur. “The name Dimapur holds historical significance and any attempt to change it will invite criticism from all Kachari elements across the Northeast,” the KTC stated.
The Bodo, Dimasa, Mech, Rabha and Borok are all communities of Kachari origin spread across the states of Assam, Tripura and Nagaland.
Dimapur was the ancient capital city of the Kachari tribe who ruled till the 13th century and the reminiscences of the glory of the kingdom can be found in the Kachari ruins in Dimapur. Kachari is also recognised as one of the non-Naga indigenous tribes of Nagaland and the government’s attempt to change the name of Dimapur would tantamount to erasing the history of the Kacharis, the news agency reported.
It may be mentioned, NLA speaker, Kiyanelie Peseyie had recently stated that the state government was contemplating to rename Dimapur, as the name does not belong to any Naga dialect. He had informed that all the 60 legislators of state Assembly could not come to a conclusion as to which Naga dialect, the district should be renamed.

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