Post Mortem

To RIIN or not to RIIN

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 11:42:29 AM IST

 While appreciating the NSCN IM group’s effort & seriousness in solving the Indo-Naga political issue, allow me the liberty to invoke the freedom of speech & expression to call a spade a spade with two points on why NSCN IM cannot impose diktat on whether to RIIN or not to RIIN:

1. As rightly pointed out by NSCN IM that “All Nagas are indigenous in their ancestral homeland” forms the fundamental basis of how our Naga political structure and social institutions were based & will continue to be based upon - Village/Tribal Republics! And according to this customary system, as a Lotha Naga hailing from Yimpang village of Wokha, I have no moral nor customary legal authority to intrude and dictate as per my whims in say example Ukhrul village without first asking them respectfully on whether they agree to my idea. Similarly, a person from Senapati cannot come and completely dictate in Ao Republic of Mokokchung because as correctly pointed out by NSCN IM, “All Nagas are Indigenous to their ancestral homelands” where we are inherently united by a shared culture with similar customs under a unified umbrella beyond physical boundaries and tribal republics based on a confederate political structure as “NAGAS”.

To avoid possible extinction of Nagas in the near future, RIIN (Registry of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland) is now or never, and those from other ancestral homelands of Senapati, Ukhrul, Assam, Myanmar etc technically cannot interfere in the internal affairs of our Tribal Republics within Nagaland because I will also not interfere & impose my laws in your tribal republics without your permission & agreement! Let us learn to respect this code of honour among our Naga tribes then only we can live together, progress together & thrive together harmoniously as a confederation of Naga tribes. In short and sweet - let us mind our own business where we need to. And after Naga solution is achieved, let us implement RIIN in all Naga areas!

2. The debate of indigenous identity ends by differentiating an “indigenous” and a “domicile” because not everybody who settled in the state post 1960’s can be considered indigenous inhabitant. However, they can be considered a domiciled person. And these classifications should not lead to discrimination of any sorts in the future but rather thrive within our own perimeters of rights and privileges associated with each classification. Domiciled persons should not require ILP and they can take up businesses but should ensure that with the money they earn, they need to contribute back to our society. A domiciled person cannot own land and get equal privileges associated with a Scheduled Tribe person of Nagaland.

Like I stated before, those who are against RIIN reveal themselves as traitors and have taken the side of illegal immigrants who have no values nor integrity and are ready to sell away our lands, our rights and our identity to outsiders thereby contributing to the extinction of Nagas! We are witnessing with our own eyes, the massive influx of illegal migrants into the state and settling down and even owning property especially around Dimapur. Your children will become Minority in your own land if today a mechanism is not enforced to SHUT this corrupted hole through which a handful of double standard corrupt officials are selling away our future in exchange for cash.

This exercise of RIIN is focused on creating a new system based on state-of-the-art technology which will eliminate the existing outdated corrupted system and seal our database once and for all so that illegal immigrants do not become the owners of this land in a few decades! RIIN exercise should be carried out only by persons of pure Naga indigenous blood of noble character with the highest degree of honour and integrity under the stringent monitoring and supervision of civil society whereby cases and scenarios of inclusion and exclusion of persons in RIIN should be decided upon with utmost honesty and prudent judgement.

(To be concluded)

Yanpvuo Kikon

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