Peaceful and patient wait

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/24/2021 1:53:23 PM IST

 Demand for upgrading Tseminyu subdivision to district has been on for many years and it is time that the government took a serious look at the issue and decide on whether it is justified or not. The Rengmas are separated by artificial boundary between Nagaland(Eastern Rengmas) and Assam(Karbi Anglong Western Rengmas). In Nagaland, the Rengmas under present Tseminyu subdivision spread over 32 villages , number around 62,000, while in Assam, there are around 22,000 of them. Naga Hills District was created in 1866 by incorporating Rengma Hills with Samaguting (Chumoukedima) as its headquarters. All other bench courts established during the British rule, had already become districts except Tseminyu. Also, Rengmas have been placed in a very strange situation and which merit serious attention. First, Rengmas have been among the first who were involved with the Naga political movement. The first Naga flag was flown at Parashen in Rengma area in 1959. After Nagaland became a state, the Rengmas were overlooked in the field of employment. Rengmas are not considered for job reservations and the reasons should only be on the basis of their being among the other advanced tribes. Some other tribes who were almost equal with Rengmas in literacy or employment, continue to enjoy job reservations. Today, some less advanced/backward tribes are way ahead of the Rengmas in terms of employment under the government . Another glaring instance is that even in terms of development, Tseminyu subdivision does not have even one college till today, over five decades after Nagaland’s statehood. This is perhaps among the worst example of neglect for a region that is hardly 30 miles away or an hour and half drive from the state capital Kohima. Many leaders both in the past and present have promised to do justice to the Rengmas but end up being mere lip service. The subdivision which has over 62,000 people and 24,411 voters but only one assembly constituency; whereas only 6000 voters get to choose their elected member and in some, below 15,000 voters also choose their elected member. By this reckoning, Rengma tribe with 24,411 voters should have been given a minimum of at least two MLAs when the delimitation was done in the 70s. Rengmas have been peacefully asking for a district because they were among those at the forefront of Naga politics and also 73 years of creation of Tseminyu Bench Court in 1948. The demand for upgradation of Tseminyu subdivision to district grown louder since 2016. Recently Rengmas under the banner of Rengma Selo Zi (Rengma Youth Organisation) organised motor rally and later a 58 Km ‘Walkathon’ from Tseminyu town to the State capital, Kohima that culminated at Naga Solidarity Park (NSP) where a public reception was held on November 23. The event was participated by 73 people(representing 73 years of the creation of Tseminyu Bench Court) and 58 Km , representing statehood of Nagaland. The participants covered 53 km on foot after starting at 3 amfrom Tseminyu to Kohima. Today, some subdivisions having less than 15,000 people are being recommended for upgradation to district and Tseminyu subdivision with over 62,000 people will hopefully be among them and the wait for justice (since 1948 when the bench court established at Tseminyu) will be celebrated before New Year 2022.

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