Peren, February 26 (NEx): Jalukie Village Council & Lamhai Village Council expressed shock to see write ups in local dailies on February 26, 2021 by unknown Organisations in the name of Aqahuto Area CSOs, and mentioned that the building trust between neighbors for peaceful coexistence is the only tangible route rather than adopting”might is right” posture as it only encourage violence and disunity within Naga family.
The councils said that the history of relationship of Sema and Zeliang Naga in the so-called Aqahuto Area dated back to 1939 when Lt. Kiyevi from Tsiesephe Village along with his friends came to Lamhai and sought permission to establish Kiyevi village. The same was granted according to the Customs and traditions of the Village for the establishment of Kiyevi village. The posterity of Lt. Kiyevi still stands witness to the historical facts.
Further, it states that the relationship with Kiyevi never went bad till 1989 when the descendants of Lt. Kiyevi shifted down to the present Kiyeto Village and the present dwellers of Kiyevi dishonoured the ancestral landowners and started declaring it as “No Man’s Land”.
The village councils also stated that landowners are in peaceful coexistence with Chakhesang Naga in Jalukie Zangdi Village, Sangtam Naga in Jalukie Sangtam Village and Yimchunger in Jalukie Sum village even to this day. The fabricated claims of Aqahuto CSOs that recognition of their villages by British Administration made them to be the ancestral landowners is too good to be true as the Britishers didn’t bring even an inch of land in Naga Country where each distinct Naga tribes have their own ancestral lands and territories even before the Britishers set foot in Naga Country.
The ancestral Zeliang landowners shared traditional and time honoured land boundary only with Chakhro Angamis since time immemorial. The time honoured ancestral land boundary between Tsuma and Punglwa, Ruzaphema and Gaili,Ngwalwa and Heningkunglwa, Chumoukedima and Lamhai and Chumoukedima and Jalukie in agreement is documented and in the knowledge of the Govt. of Nagaland, it said.
The landowners stood fully behind the Zeliang CSOs when they pursued with Western Sumi Hoho for peaceful coexistence among the inhabited neighbors by incubating trust between communities, but the recalcitrant attitude of this self declared settlers are adding fuel in between communities.
The councils also mentioned that the building trust between neighbors for peaceful coexistence is the only tangible route rather than adopting”might is right” posture as it only encourage violence and disunity within Naga family.
The landowners make it amply clear that whatever village established or in the process of establishing are done with due customary permission and under the initiative of ancestral landowners. Casting aspersions in the hope of diverting the real issues is only too apparent to be trusted.
Further, it said that the councils are not interested in the cheap tactics of paper war but in sincerity of Naga brothers in achieving lasting peace for all times to come.