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NSCN (I-M) rejects proposed creation of KAATC

DIMAPUR, JUN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/7/2021 1:10:47 PM IST

Drawing attention to the proposed move by the Government of India and the state government of Assam to create Karbi-Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) in Karbi Anglong, the NSCN (I-M) Monday affirmed that it would not accept alienation of Nagas’ ancestral land, which it said was “tantamount to undermining the spirit of the Indo-Naga political talks.”

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP stated that land alienation was the major point of conflict in the Northeast, particularly Assam and Nagaland, which it maintained was the creation of history under the colonial rule. Pointing out that the issue in focus was Karbi Anglong, erstwhile Rengma Hills, the NSCN (I-M) said that the Rengma Hills were made the victims of “aggressive influx of outsiders for vested interests.” However, it said that their historical status as the true sons of the soil cannot be questioned. 

“For the same reason the Rengma Nagas have a glorious history, vis-à-vis their relations with the Ahoms and the British rulers,” NSCN (I-M) said.

NSCN (I-M) said that the proposed creation of KAATC was to appease six rebel outfits including Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front, People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri, United People’s Liberation Army and three factions of Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger.

However, NSCN (I-M) asserted that historically nothing was far from the truth. It said that no authority should go far enough to override the interests of the Rengma Nagas who were the legitimate owner of the land under the “questionable” proposition. “No wonder, taking cognizance of this historical status, the Rengma issue in Assam constitutes one of the important agendas of Indo-Naga political talks pending final decision,” NSCN (I-M) asserted.

It said that the Naga political movement “significantly” was all about land and people because land represented economic, political and social power and identity of the people. NSCN (I-M) pointed out that Naga people had sacrificed countless lives in the course of the movement. “It is a trail of blood, sweat and tears as no sacrifice comes too big for the Nagas to defend their God’s given lands,” NSCN (I-M) stated.

Asserting that the Rengmas were not lost people or immigrants like others in Karbi Anglong, the NSCN (I-M) has, therefore, said that it would not allow Rengma Nagas to be “driven to the edge without considering their historical factual status.”  

The group also remarked that any agreement that victimised the Rengma Nagas would not be acceptable to the Nagas in general and to the NSCN in particular.

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