Post Mortem

NMA memorandum to Governor

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/17/2021 2:09:27 PM IST

 The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) seek to draw your immediate attention on the recent directive to the Chief Secretary from your Esteemed Office, on State government servants and Sedition. The silence of State Govt. Service Associations in the public domain on this latest directive has been deafening. Therefore, as concerned mothers, who are bona fide citizens of the State, the NMA is constrained to state the following:

1. That, notwithstanding State Service Conduct Rules, the fundamental right of every citizen, be it State Govt. employee or otherwise, cannot be stifled or threatened in any democracy. The freedom of Expression guaranteed under the Constitution is also applicable to State govt. servants, to air their views to higher authorities or in the public domain. In the context of Nagas, caught in the decades of armed struggle for self-determination, the Draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act still in force since 1958, army atrocities on our people and a long drawn out peace process, it has been the wish of all, to ensure that long lasting peace and a resolution on the Naga Political Issue is done at the earliest.

2. That, the targeting of Dr. Inato Jimomi, a dedicated Veterinary Doctor by  profession and a noted social worker is of serious concern. He comes from a childhood, whose father was killed by Indian armed forces while serving in the Naga army, near Thewati in Pochury area under Meluri Sub-Division. He has worked tirelessly for Naga widows and orphans of the Naga struggle and often aired his personal views on the Naga struggle and the long drawn out search for

peace, which cannot be termed as Sedition. The recent featured article/blog post on Dr. Inato Jimomi by journalist and publisher Rita Krocha is enclosed for your perusal, as Annexure A.

3. That, all Nagas, be it govt. servants, civil society or individuals are answerable in case of any controversial issue, to their Clan, Khel, Village and Tribe. Our customs and tradition hold sway on codes of ethics and honour and loyalty to our land and our people.

Therefore, we urge your Esteemed Office, carrying the huge responsibility of Peace Interlocutor, for maturity, unbiased commitment to peace and a better understanding of the Naga society. We have an elected State Government, who we believe will stand for propriety and impartiality, without vested witch hunting, in the midst of fervent movements of most Nagas to bring peace into our land. May we remind the Hon’ble Governor, that you are an honoured Guest in our Land and therefore mutual respect must be maintained.

Abei-u Meru, President, Naga Mothers’ 

Association

Sarah Nuh, Vice President, Naga Mothers’ Association

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