Don’t include Naga areas under KAATC: Naga Hoho

DIMAPUR, JUN 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/10/2021 1:05:30 PM IST

Reacting to the proposed creation of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) in Assam, the Naga Hoho (NH) Thursday affirmed that the Naga areas should not be included under the purview of the proposed KAATC. 

In a press release, NH president HK Zhimomi and speaker Moa Imchen urged the parties involved in the talk to take into consideration the facts before inking the final pact.

The hoho maintained that the “past mistake of ignoring land boundary issue” among various communities in Karbi Anglong should not be repeated so as to avoid misunderstanding and dispute in the future. NH has, therefore, urged the government of India and government of Assam to take into account all stakeholders before signing any agreement in the near future.

Further, the hoho pointed out that the ongoing political talk between the government of India and the Naga people should be respected with serious consideration. NH said that the agreement, if any, reached between government of India and the state of Assam with regard to KAATC should not in any way create misunderstanding or hamper the more than 20 years of “Indo-Naga” political talk.

The hoho expressed optimism that permanent peace would be ushered in with the conclusion of talk between the government of India and the Naga people. 

NH also cautioned against taking any hasty decision, which could bring more harm than benefit to the people in the region.

RNYO for proper consultation before inking accord

Rengma Naga Youth Organisation (RNYO) HQ Phentsero under Silonijan, Karbi Anglong, Assam has appealed to the central government and the Assam government to hold proper consultations with the stakeholders before signing the final Karbi peace accord.

In a letter addressed to the Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the RNYO convenor Aga Rengma, president Joshua Himb and executive member Chenobu Seb said there were apprehensions that some of the demands being tabled were against the interest of the indigenous primary stakeholders in Karbi Anglong. RNYO said that there were other non-Karbi stakeholders in karbi Anglong besides Rengmas. 

RNYO affirmed that creation of new districts/subdivisions/regional councils by bifurcating the Rengma Naga ancestral lands would not be acceptable. 

Urging the government to tread softly on the issue, the youth body cautioned that one hasty and wrong decision could bring about enmity between the different indigenous communities that were living together peacefully. “Peace accord is supposed to bring peace and harmony and not discord,” RNYO stated.

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