Thursday, October 6, 2022

DNH rejoinder to Peren CSOs

Drawing attention to the Peren district civil society organisations statement published on August 9 that Dhansiripar area traditionally belonged to Zeliang people, Dimasa Naisho Hosom (DNH) said it was compelled to bring to the notice of the people and the government in regard to the reference of Kachari settlement towards Dima (Dhansiri river).
In a rejoinder, DNH publicity cell said that prior to the arrival of Ahoms, the Dimasa Kachari settlement was extended from Dikhow river to Kallang river and included the Dhansiri valley and present day Dima Hasao district of Assam.
DNH said that there has never been “a claim or dispute over the land” despite the current demographic changes. It said the present day Dimasa Kacharis are of the Dimasa Kachari kingdom of Dimapur. As far as Dimasa Kachari villages on the Dima (Dhansiri) river valley were concerned, DNH said most of the villages were recorded and known to the government from the early 20th century of which Dhansiripar– erstwhile Maibiram and Manglumukh villages were established in 1906 and 1907 respectively and others established around 1920s and 30s.
Referring to the Nagaland Gazetteers 1970, authored by Dr.H. Bareh, DNH said the districts in 1878-89 comprised of 18 Kachari hamlets with others (Page 39 of the Gazetteers). In Page 9 of the Gazetters, DNH said Bareh remarked that the Kachari villages survived from olden days in Dimapur.
On another claim of Kacharis paying tax from time to time and the mention of tea gardens, DNH said that such was not known by Dimasa Kacharis.
Other than approaching the Dimasa Kacharis of Dhansiripar Sub-division to join Peren district in the past, DNH said there has never been any official dealings to substantiate the claim of paying tax.
While not denying that they have been maintaining peaceful co-existence from time immemorial with Zeliangs even in Dima Hasao, erstwhile N.C. Hills in Assam, DNH said Dimasa even sings song in Zeme dialect during Hangsho Busu festival till date, which is a proof of the brotherly relationship.
DNH clarified that they “never ever accepted or acknowledged the traditional ownership of others over our land even in the past.”
While stating that Maibiram was the founder of Dhansiripar village and a mauzadar during the British rule, DNH, however, said Maibiram was not from Doyapur village as claimed.
“We believed in peaceful co-existence and desire to live as equals not as unwanted and second-class people. Our forefathers knew about Zemes and Angamis and they were taken as a single entity by the Dimasas from time immemorial,” DNH stated.