NSF appeals the Nagaland Government to adopt resolution against the controversial CAA

(The NSF office at Kohima | Photo: NagalandExpress)

Kohima, February 4 (NE): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) had made an appeal to the State Government to adopt a resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during the 5th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly which is scheduled to commence on February 7, 2020.

An official letter addressed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Nagaland issued by NSF President, Ninoto Awomi and General Secretary, Liremo R. Kikon on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is set to open the floodgate for illegal immigrants to infiltrate into our land, thereby, altering the demographic and linguistic uniqueness of the Northeast region in general and Nagaland in particular.

The NSF, reiterates its long held view that the CAA is anti-secular, anti-minority, anti-indigenous and is violative of the basic ethos of the constitution. Posterity shall hold those proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that the CAA will bring about into our Naga society. The Federation on our part and together with our partner organisation, shall continue to fight against the unconstitutional CAA in whichever way humanly possible, until the desired result is achieved in the larger interest of the general public, read the letter.

The NSF, further, disagree with the state government’s assertion that the controversial CAA will not impact the State of Nagaland as areas that falls under the Inner Line Permit notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 will be outside the Act’s purview. This argument holds no water as the prevailing reality at Ground Zero clearly proves the contrary. The mechanism in applying ILP has failed miserably in our state. The present Nagaland state is a living example of how illegal immigrants can infiltrate and dominate upon the local people despite the ILP regime being in operation ever since the inception of the State, it added.

The nationwide exercise of NRC and NPR and their requirements for proper implementation of the discriminatory CAA in the country reeks of agenda that is not in the interest of the citizens of this country but only to further the political interest of some.

As the 5th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly is set to commence on February 7, 2020, NSF appeals to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to place the issue of CAA on the floor of the house for thorough deliberation along with all the elected members and thereafter adopt a firm resolution denouncing the law which threatens to annihilate the unique culture, traditions, customs and practices, language of the Naga people. The NSF further expresses confidence that the Honorable members of the house will do whatever necessary to protect and uphold the interest of those who will inherit the future, stated the letter.