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ENNWF reacts to WC’s statement on RIIN

DIMAPUR, JUL 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/31/2019 11:11:58 AM IST

Eastern Naga National Workers’ Forum (ENNWF) has described as “a distortion of Naga history” the statement of the Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) concerning Nagas from outside the present Nagaland.

In a press release, the ENNWF stated that eastern Naga people though ignorant understand that all Nagas were one and there was no black Nagas or white Nagas. “We Nagas are living in a compact area of our own ancestral domains called Nagalim. And that we are for all Nagas, and for all Naga territories,” ENNWF stated.

The forum maintained that the terms “Nagaland Nagas, Assam Nagas, Manipur Nagas, Arunachal Nagas and Burma Nagas” were derogative languages of the colonial powers. It stated that all Nagas without exception were indigenous in their homeland. It stated that indigenousness of a Naga should be traced from a common history, common bloodline, common culture, common territory and common identity. 

Stating that all Nagas were equal partners in the “national resistance movement”, the forum said that the eastern Nagas, who selflessly contributed immensely towards the cause, were no exception. “We have suffered horrible persecutions and oppressions in the hands of the enemies for defending every inch of Naga territories,” ENNWF.

It stated that from the perspective of their statement the NNPG leaders have taken different route.

The forum maintained that they have forgotten how people in the east fed them with the “fattest animals” and how eastern Nagas sheltered them from dangers for decades. “They made eastern people beasts of burden on their account. But now, are we to be treated as outsiders or foreigners in the Nagaland state? Is this the freedom you teach us? Is this the price of freedom we have paid for? We are simply shocked of your deceitful mindset,” ENNWF stated.

Expressing surprise at the “venomous political statement of the WC of NNPGs”, the forum stated that no deceptive language like that of theirs would dampen the spirit of oneness of the Nagas and no force can separate them from one Naga family under one political umbrella. 

“We are for one Naga family and we stand for unity of all Nagas in the mighty Name of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” ENNWF stated.


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