NSCN (I-M) says Khehoi camp training Kukis to fight Nagas

DIMAPUR, OCT 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/29/2019 11:47:49 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP alleged that, when WC of NNPGs agreed to go ahead with economic packages, they should not have “gone for other thing which has nothing to do with contemporary needs of Nagas”. 

NSCN (I-M) inferred that, “the other thing” was about 80 Kukis allegedly being recruited by Singson from Manipur and undergoing training at ‘Khehoi camp of Unification party’. NSCN (I-M) asked, what does this hold for Nagas who are on the threshold of signing “the historic agreement to bring lasting peace in Nagalim?”

It said the volatile atmosphere in Manipur between Nagas and Kukis was due to the latter’s claim for ‘Kuki homeland’ despite their (Kukis) “historical refugee status” and opposition to Naga political settlement based on Framework Agreement. NSCN (I-M) said even recently, Kuki organisations have been “spitting venom against Nagas, that Framework Agreement, should have nothing to do with areas settled by Kukis in Manipur.” It said the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) has gone belligerent by taking the stand to align with Meiteis, who were also in “belligerent mode” and ready for a showdown if government of India concede to the rights of the Nagas.

NSCN(I-M) said it was not difficult to understand why Khehoi camp was “training Kukis of Manipur” which it said was “Singson’s sinister plan to send back recruits to Manipur to join KNO/SoO (Suspension of Operations)” and confront Nagas in pursuit of Kuki territorial council.

NSCN(I-M) said the act of duplicity by Unification party was in total contrast to its claim as a Naga nationalist organisation. It said this spoke “loud enough” to prove their credentials as Naga freedom figher. It asked how a Naga organisation was imparting training to Kukis to fight against Nagas in Manipur? And added “this depravity and hypocrisy cannot be condone with.”

Meanwhile, senior journalist Patricia Mukhim has come under fire from NSCN (I-M), with the latter accusing her of spewing derogatory comments against the Nagas in general and the organisation in particular in both print and social media.

In a statement, NSCN (I-M) has charged her of making a mockery of the unique Naga history and comparing it to tribal warfare and head hunting this time and in the process exposing herself as the “destructive agent” of Indian intelligence agencies, adding that it was not new to her.

Asserting that the Nagas were proud of their unique history, NSCN (I-M) claimed that since time immemorial, each individual Naga village was a sovereign republic. No invading force or king could ever exert dominance over the entire stretch of Naga territory, it added, pointing out that even the British post 1885 adopted the policy of non-interference in the Naga Hills after they overran Assam.

Giving the sequence of events in Naga history, the organisation said Naga Club on behalf of Naga people had submitted a memorandum to Simon Commission on January 10, 1929. The memorandum had stated “If the British Government wants to throw us away, we pray that we should not be thrust to the mercy of the people who could never have conquered us themselves and to whom we were never subjected to; but to leave us alone to determine for ourselves as in ancient times”.

On August 14, 1947, Naga National Council (NNC) had declared Naga independence and the message was sent to the King of England, secretary general of United Nations Organisation (UNO), offices of all embassies in New Delhi and the Government of India. On May 16, 1951, Naga plebiscite was held, and the result was 99.9% in favour of Naga independence, the statement recalled.

NSCN (I-M) said “Nagalim was made a part of the Indian Union neither by conquest nor by the consent of the Naga people”. Unlike the then princely States that went on to form the Indian Union, Naga leaders had never agreed to be a part of India. They neither signed the instrument of accession nor did they ratify the India Independence Act, 1947, it pointed out.

And according to the organisation, this unique history of the Nagas was recognised by the Government of India on July 11, 2002, which laid the foundation for signing of the historic Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 to form the basis for the lndo-Naga political solution that was honourable and acceptable.

NSCN (I-M) hailed the Naga people who had risen up boldly to face the untruth and lies spread by “anti-Naga people”, stressing that the truth must prevail and that in God it had put trust.

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