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Kyongs also oppose ‘Naga Script’
Published on 5 Sep. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Close on the heels of the Konyak Union which banned the introduction of the handbook on Naga Script, launched by the Naga Script Literature Central Board (NSLCB) under the chairmanship of Rev. Dr. A. G. Kamei on August 7 at Kohima, the Kyong Academy has also decided to oppose it.
Even as there are strong opposition against the script, the Peren Students’ Union (PSU) Nagaland has offered “unconditional support” to the author of Naga Alphameric, Haisoyi Ndang.
Kyong Academy and Lotha Literature Committee (LLC) Wokha at its meeting on September 3, has decided to oppose the current proposal of Naga script on the ground that the Nagas do not need a script of their own unless all the Naga tribes put their heads together to conceive one that would be acceptable to all.
LLC chairman, K. R. Murry said that the decision to oppose the Naga script was taken during a joint meeting of the two bodies at Wokha where the issue of the “so-called Naga Script” and the reaction of various Naga tribes and individuals was discussed at length.
On the other hand, the PSU said that after coming across the paper war between Haisoyi Ndang and the NLSCB, it strived towards ascertaining who had infringed upon on the original work of the other. PSU president Keyigabuing Ndang in a statement said the PSU found out that the Naga Alphameric was widely publicized since 2001 and the same book published and sold openly since March 2003 onwards. PSU however added “…but intriguingly there cropped up another script called Naga Script recently under the style of NLSCB, which otherwise the Nagas were not aware of its existence until then.”
While asserting that the PSU may not be a party to any of the contenders, yet it added that the blame game was also not be the best choice at this juncture for both the parties. Taking note of the clarifications issued by both parties, the PSU said Ndang had substantiated his claim that he was the real and first author of Naga Script; whereas, the PSU said, the rejoinder issued by NLSCB did not hold much water as it also did not explicitly deny the accusation of plagiarism.
Further, the PSU held that when the Naga Alphameric has already covered its promotional tour through demonstration and seminars at various levels as the author had claimed, it would be proper on the part of the authority to establish a Tribal Literature Validation Committee (TLVC) as suggested by the author. PSU asked Nagas if it not be proper to authenticate Ndang’s claim of competency of his invention of the new Naga Script.PSU said it found it incongruous and faulty,that he (Ndang) should be made to explain to the Nagas on the issue since no one has the right to fool the entire Nagas with wrongful propagandas.
Further, PSU also offered its unconditional support to Ndang and his ideology adding, it would have no objection should the new script be implemented on trial basis within Zeliang area or areas that might have the approval of the authorities in the near future. PSU wished the Ndang all success in his endeavor to bring about the new script for the “glorious future of our posterity.”

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