RIIN: More bodies irked by non-invitation

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2019 11:50:45 AM IST

Several more organizations have expressed resentment against being excluded and uninvited to the July 17 consultative meeting on Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland(RIIN) by the state government. 

KIN: Kuki Inpi Nagaland (KIN), in a statement issued by its president L.L.Kuki has expressed anguish at the “deliberate omission” of KIN by the state home commissioner at such an important public consultation. 

Stressing on the role of the community in Naga politics, he recalled that late Pu Lenjang Kuki was one of the founder members of the Naga Club-the first Naga political platform. He said late Lenjang was one of the Naga representatives who was a signatory to the first Memorandum on Naga self determination submitted to the Indian Statutory Commission under the chairmanship of Sir John Simon on January 10,1926.

To substantiate further, L.L.Kuki cited the accounts of the then Naga Hills by British scholar B.C.Allen in his book ‘Naga Hills and Manipur in 1874-75 (vide page 33) in which the number of Kuki villages was recorded as 26 with a census of 123 people.

 He said in the current proposal for RIIN was for wide coverage, there was no justification to keep the Kuki inhabitants “out in the dark” adding the KIN is also a constituent member of the Joint Committee on Prevention of Immigrants(JCPI).

MKPON: Mech Kachari Public Organisation of Nagaland(MKPON) has also expressed anguish Kachari Tribal Council(KTC) the apex body of Kacharis from being left out of the July 17 meeting on RIIN exercise. MKPON general secretary Dharma Dhaj Sonowal said MPON requests the state government not to sideline the Kachari tribe to such meetings as consultations were related to the existence of the Kacharis in Nagaland. 

MKPON said the state government was well aware that the Kacharis (Mech Kachari & Dimasa Kachari) have been living in the different parts of Dimapur district since time immemorial and are also Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland.



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