Nagas should not miss solution:Tokheho

Nagas should not miss solution:Tokheho
Tokheho Yepthomi, HK Sema, WSH office bearers and others. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 10:48:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi, Saturday reiterated the need to resolve the decades-old Naga political problem by urging Nagas not to miss the bus again, over the emerging significant opportunity.

Tokheho said this while speaking as special guest at the general session of the Western Sümi Hoho (WSH) at Thahekhu village ground here Saturday, which was attended by hundreds of leaders and members of several Sümi frontal organisations 

Highlighting the gathering on his interactions with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah,Tokheho said both leaders had assured that the government of India was prepared to resolve the Naga issue at the earliest.

The MP reminded people about the missed opportunity in 1965 when Nagas missed a solution to resolve the issue. He said it was now over 50 years after the first opportunity was missed and , today, Nagas were in a threshold to resolve the Naga issue which they should not let slip away. 

“In 1965 Congress was in absolute majority in both houses when Nagas missed the opportunity. At present BJP is enjoying an absolute majority so Nagas should not let this opportunity pass,” said Tokheho.

He also asked Naga Political Groups (NPGs) not to let down the people but to take bold, decisive decision to press for solving the issue and to make it clear whether they want to resolve the issue or not.

He also read out portions from the 213th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs which had recommended conclusion of Naga peace talks at the earliest.

Tokheho also spoke on contentious issues like the Delimitation and oil exploration in Nagaland. He asked the public to be more serious on Census as delimitation would be based on census and not Electoral Roll.

On oil exploration, he said oil was being extracted on Assam side of the Assam-Nagaland border for many decades while Nagas were losing out because of some groups/individuals with vested interest. 

Also speaking on the occasion, retired Judge (Supreme Court), Justice H.K. Sema said there was a need for serious deliberation amongst the Nagas on Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constitution.

Sema warned of “lurking danger” if Nagas thought hat other provisions of the constitution were not applicable to them.

“Nagas think that with Article 371 (A) no other Articles are applicable to Nagaland. But that is not true. If such is the case then Nagaland would not be a state of India,” said Justice Sema. 

He also read out the amended constitution of WSH after it was reviewed by a committee led by him.

Earlier, his presidential address, WSH president, Dr. Kakheto Zhimomi briefed the gathering on contentious issues like Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).

Dr.Zhimomi said the WSH would oppose RIIN unless the commission on RIIN headed by Banuo Jamir reviewed its position on taking 1963 as the base year for eligibility.

Exhorting the gathering, Sümi Hoho general secretary, Nikheto Jimomi said the Sumi Hoho would not oppose implementation of RIIN provided 1963 was not made the base year for eligibility for 16 recognised tribes of Nagaland.

He also briefed the gathering on why Sümi Hoho walked out of Naga Hoho and the recent directive passed by the hoho against Naga Hoho president, H K Zhimomi and others.

Nikheto also highlighted on the unanimous decision of 14 tribes of Nagaland to stand united in support of an early solution to the Naga political issue. 

The general session ended with adoption of eight-point resolution which was termed as “Thahekhu Resolution”. The general session was chaired by WSH vice president, Atomi Swu and recorded by WSH general secretary, H Kisheto Chishi. 

The programme began with an invocation by WSBAK executive secretary, Rev. Dr. Hevukhu Achumi, welcome address by Thahekhu village head GB, Hukiye Yepthomi, folk song and speak kicking by WSKH and WSSA, exhortation by head GB and former president, WSH and WSKH, Dr. Nihoto Chishi, special number by Eccli Jimo, folk song by WSTH, adoption of resolution, WSH vice president, Shikaho Zhimomi, vote of thanks, head GB and president WSKH, Vihuto Yepthomi and benediction by Thahekhu Baptist Church, women Pastor Dr. Phitoli Khala.


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