Post Mortem

Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/13/2020 11:31:03 AM IST

 (From previous issue)

On this note, let me delve on the issue of ILP Implementation in the State. We appreciated this government for fulfilling the demands of the people and bringing Dimapur district under ILP. However, if I may be allowed, let me seek for some clarity from the government as to how you are planning to go about with strict implementation of the ILP checking system. What I have gathered is that, there have been house to house checking of people which is bringing about undue stress and harassment to the genuine settlers. Also, what plans does the government have in mind to tackle those found without proper documents. The people who are coming from outside the State can be checked before they enter which have been the practiced but what about those already residing in Dimapur for the last decade or more. Also, since our police stations and jails would not be sufficient to hold all the defaulters, what is the backup plan of the government. Or is the government implementing this ILP in Dimapur without any seriousness just because it was demanded? There should be a proper mechanism to go about with this as the repercussions can be damaging for our people living outside the State for various reasons. 

A simple misinterpretation of the ongoing drive in Dimapur district can be misconstrued as an act of harassing other Indians for which there could be a backlash. In the past we had similar episodes where our Naga brothers/sisters and other northeastern who shared similar facial features had to flee the cities because there was a misinformation which was generated as a result of the Burmese crackdown on the Rohingyas. So I urge the government to seriously ponder on this issue also and be very cautious when dealing with sensitive issue lest we become a victim in our endeavor to achieve a better future. 

In conclusion I would like to say that, as long as our neighboring state Assam is not protected from the threat of these illegal immigrants, none of the neighbouring States in NorthEast would be safe. As such we should stand together with the State of Assam and find a solution to this menace lest we pay a heavy price for our inaction. Also, in the presence of the Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Sonowal and Finance & PWD minister Assam HimantaSarma, I told the Union Home Minister Amit Shah that once Assam is protected, all Northeast is protected. 

The false illusion that Nagaland is safe as our State is under the ILP regime should be done away with and we should all in unison oppose CAA implementation so that in the long run no government would dare to bring about amendments and legislation which could be disadvantageous to the minorities of the Nation and for the country to remain true to its principles of democracy and secularism. 


T. R. Zeliang, Leader of Opposition NLA

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