NTC questions UNC,NH for warning Nagas

DIMAPUR, AUG 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 11:23:26 AM IST

Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has said it was “seriously questionable” for the United Naga Council of Manipur and the Naga Hoho to issue a “severe warning to Nagas” through a joint statement which appeared in the August 24 issue of Nagaland newspapers.

NTC through its media cell, cited the joint statement by which UNC and Naga Hoho “cautioned any Naga elected representative, political leader, political party, unmandated or unauthorised Naga individual or group, not to attend or participate in any assembly or meeting that would sabotage the ‘Indo-Naga’ peace” and further warned that any one defying “ the Naga political principle and its position would be treated as anti-national and their entry into Naga territory would be banned.” 

NTC pointed out that UNC is only the exclusive umbrella organisation of Nagas of Manipur and therefore, has no jurisdiction over Nagas living outside Manipur state.

It also pointed out that while Naga Hoho, was supposed to be the “apex organisation of all Nagas, irrespective of territorial barriers”, the ENPO is outside its purview. In addition, NTC said even Central Nagaland Tribes Council(CNTC) comprising of major tribes have opted out of Naga Hoho while those that still remained appear to have distanced themselves from active participation under the “present leadership(of Naga Hoho) for reasons best known to NH. 

In view of the above factual positions of UNC and Naga Hoho, the NTC said that issuing “such questionable warning to Naga people in general” by-UNC- a mere unit of Naga Hoho and Naga Hoho which was under severe test itself “ presently is wrongly timed.” 

NTC asked both UNC and NH as to what was the considered parameter by which an act of an individual or an organisation could amount to “sabotage to peace process?”.

Again, it also wanted to know from the two as to what was meant by “un-mandated or unauthorised” in relation to pursuance of Naga political issue? It also asked UNC/NH as to which group or individual they believed was “mandated and authorised and who is/are not?”

It also asked UNC/NH to lucidly define the “Naga political principle” for the sake of clarity.

NTC also asked the two as to what was parameter to deem any act as “defiance” of Naga political principle? Further it demanded to know as to what mechanism was adopted to “banish a defaulter(anti-national) and then enforce banning him/her from entry into Naga territory?

NTC reminded that people of Nagaland “sufficiently faced bombardments of intimidations and threats to individuals and organisations particularly from NNPGs in the past”. It said these have made the people of Nagaland learn adequate lessons of how “self destructive were fratricidal killings and inter group confrontations”. 

NTC opined that if there was any necessity for Nagas to bridge or sort out anything of common interest, there were enough rooms and opportunities for such exercises. It said the present concern was to work out a mechanism by which everyone is taken on board for inclusive solution. 

However, NTC pointed out that the UNC/NH joint statement was found to be “more of intimidation and arrogance than of matured opinion befitting the prevailing situation adding it was unbecoming of UNC and NH to take Nagas for granted. 

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