Rengmas reiterate demand for Tseminyu dist

DIMAPUR, MAR 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/25/2019 12:07:24 PM IST

Rengma Hoho and its frontal organisations have reiterated the demand for creating a Tseminyu district.

In a joint memorandum to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Rengma Hoho, Rengma GB Association, Selo-zi, Rengma Students’ Union, Rengma Chairmen Forum and Rengma Officers’ Forum stated that it was their third memorandum to the State government for consideration of their “rightful” demand. The organisations said they had submitted representations to the government for creating Tseminyu district on April 28, 2016 and on July 27, 2016.

Signed by Rengma Hoho president Kenyuseng Tep, Rengma GB Association president Kehoga Kent, Selo-zi president Kenneth Kath, Rengma Students’ Union president Kisheto Kent, Rengma Chairmen Forum president Isaac Apon and Rengma Officers’ Forum president Pollem Tep, the memorandum was submitted when representatives of Rengma Hoho and its frontal organisations met the chief minister on March 23. 

They were accompanied by animal and husbandry services and woman resources adviser R Khing. 

Recalling that Nagaland was created out of political necessity, the memorandum claimed that Rengmas had been involved in every stage of the Naga political movement since inception. 

It said that Rengmas were one of the backbones when Naga Hills district was created at Chumukedima (Samagutin) in 1866 as major portion of Naga Hills belonged to the tribe. Since then, Naga Hills district consisted of only five Naga tribes, viz., Rengmas, Angamis, Zeliangs, Semas and Lothas. However, all the four tribe have their own districts, while the Rengmas have been left out thus far, the memorandum added.

According to the representation, the Rengmas had “contributed enough, if not more equally with rest of Nagas” in the political journey and today Nagas were enjoying the fruits of the sacrifices where the tribe stood second to none. 

The organisations further pointed out that Rengmas were also signatories in all important decisions of the Nagas. 

To buttress their point, they pointed out that Nrilo Kent was the first member of Naga Club, Rusilo was signatory to the memorandum submitted to Simon Commission on January 10, 1929, Whenha represented the Nagas when Naga issue was taken up with Assam’s then governor Sir Akbar Hydari in June 1947 where Nine Point Agreement was arrived at (also called the Hydari Agreement), P Sentsin Rengma was one of the signatories of 16 Point Agreement that resulted in creation of Nagaland State and Riga Thong and Lothi Rengma were two interim body member from 1961 to 1963.

Mentioning that four bench courts – Wokha (1945), Zunheboto (1947), Tseminyu (1948) and Peren 1949 – were created, the memorandum said the three bench courts had become districts, barring Tseminyu.

The memorandum stated that the historical facts proved how Rengmas had contributed, suffered and struggled for the cause of Nagas and that they were always on the forefront defending and upholding the rights of Nagas. “Therefore, we deserve equal treatment and respect for our rights,” it stressed. 

Stating that they had full faith in Rio’s leadership and on his true statesmanship, the organisations hoped that he would consider their “genuine demand” for upgrading Tseminyu to a district.

They said they were confident and hopeful that, under the dynamic leadership of Rio, the long cherished dream of the Rengmas for Tseminyu district would be fulfilled.

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