Post Mortem

International Day of World Indigenous People

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/8/2020 12:41:43 PM IST

 At the very outset, I on behalf of Nagaland Indigenous People’s Forurn (NIPF) and on my behalf extend greetings to every indigenous people of the world and specially to the “Indigenous people of the North Eastern States of India” on this International day of World Indigenous people’s which we celebrate on 9th August every calendar year throughout the World. NIPF as a member of NEIPF could not organize any function this year due to the pandemic and hence these brief highlights about the celebration of the event of world Indigenous people on this occasion. 

On the 23rd December 1994 the United Nation General Assembly by resolution 49/214 decided that the International Day of World Indigenous people shall be observed on 9th August every year. Since then this day is celebrated on August every year to honour the past, present and future of the native people throughout the world. It is not a mere commemoration of the day but in order to live up to the tradition of the indigenous people, the day is celebrated by exhibiting various rich cultures of different indigenous people from different parts of the world by organizing various functions and exhibition of the history of the indigenous people which is shown to the masses for awareness of the young generation to maintain and practice the culture and tradition of the ancestral. There are nearly 500 million indigenous people living in all regions of the world by occupying around 22% of the land with diversified culture and with about 700 languages. Indigenous refers to the ethnic culture that has originated from its homeland and does not include settler population from different lands. Indigenous communities are the people and nations who have historical community of pre-invasion on their territory by outsiders. Indigenous people resides distinct from other sections and society in their land. 
The settlers of the North Eastern States of India are predominantly indigenous people who have their own ethnic culture, tradition and language with variety of colourful traditional attires. The indigenous people continue to use implements which were used by the forefathers and some continue to construct their homes in their own traditional style which are admirable till date. The ethnic group continues to exemplify simplicity, honesty, hospitable nature and bravery which are traditional instincts. 
However, in certain parts of North Eastern States the Indigenous people have been out numbered and swayed by new settlers from other places taking advantage of their hospitality thereby marginalizing the Indigenous people which need to be pondered over if we want un interrupted peaceful existence in the region. This needs the joint concerted effort of all the NEIPF members. 
The World Indigenous people day is celebrated on 9th of August in all North Eastern States every year by exchanging of cultures of different indigenous people of the region which is very encouraging. However this year due to the pandemic which is presently faced by the world, the celebration could not be held like other years except those held in some places in low scale. Apart from mere celebration of the occasion, I would appeal to the various indigenous people of different states to introspect the needs of the diminishing group of the indigenous people as to how protection and safeguard can be extended to enhance the peaceful livelihood of the indigenous people of the North East from being swayed by outsiders. In order to achieve the goal there should be a high power committee body representing all the states to study and implement a policy to check atrocities and challenges faced by the indigenous people who are facing racism, genocide, serial rape, torture and threat of extinction from their own birthright place. The committee’s report should be submitted to the Government of India for protection of our land, our culture, and reservation in govt. jobs since we lack behind other common people and to bring about development to the region. 
P. Pius Lotha, President Nagaland Indigenous People’s Forum

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