NH, NMA criticize Rio for ridiculing them

DIMAPUR, AUG 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/11/2019 12:25:13 PM IST

Naga Hoho (NH) and Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) have denounced chief minister Neiphiu Rio statements ridiculing the two organisations.

At a joint meeting held at Hotel Cimorb in Kohima on August 10, NH and NMA reminded the chief minister that in spite of all odds both had been standing firm protecting the basic principles and common interests of Naga people till today. At this crucial moment when many State-centric people were trying to destroy apex organisations in the State and create disunity among the Nagas, the organisations said it was unfortunate and surprising for a people’s leader to castigate and nullify age-old social institutions in such a high level gathering. 

NH and NMA in a joint statement claimed that Rio, during a Joint Legislature Forum and Ex-Parliamentarians meeting on August 7 at Kohima, reportedly remarked “there is no more Naga Hoho and NMA to represent the voice of the people and also FNR is no more active and the people have lost confidence. So there is no apex organisation to work for Naga peace process.”

Admitting that most of the Naga tribe hohos and women organisations from Nagaland had dissociated from NH and NMA for various reasons, the meeting, however, felt that did not qualify the chief minister to deny the very existence of the two organisations.

NH and NMA stated that Naga people were well aware that Naga civil society organisations were sharply divided at the moment due to various steps taken by the State government, including recognition of Rongmei tribe in 2012 and the bid to implement Article 243T providing 33% women reservation in urban rural bodies, which caused a tumult. 

Mentioning that both the organisations had landed up in the present position due to all these, the meeting said it expected Rio, who was a seasoned politician and respectable leader, at this crucial juncture to talk with maturity and work hard towards bringing unity and rebuild the fractured Naga society with balanced views and objectives.

Meanwhile, deliberating at length on various issues confronting the Naga society today, the meeting called upon all Naga people – young and old, men and women – to stand united and face various challenges during this defining moment as “we will be able to reach our destiny only when we are united”.


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