Kohima, February 10 (NEx): The Naga Hoho expressed concern about the continued intimidation against the government employees in Nagaland through threat tactics of sedition and profiling and condemned the dictatorial attitude of the State Governor RN Ravi.
Citing the recent orders from the office of the Governor;
a) Order requiring state government employees to provide the list of their relatives who may be connected to NPGs;
b) Order to initiate action against state government employees for “sedition” against India for asserting the right of the Naga people to political self-determination, the Naga Hoho in a release said, it does not reflect well of his intent and agenda.
Such directives from the Governor to the state government are nothing but another form to dehumanise the Naga people’s hopes and aspiration, the Naga Hoho said and calls it an extension of fascism in Nagaland where the Naga people who have been traditionally democratic are suddenly assumed as unfit to govern themselves that the Governor is trying to break the people into tribes, groups and is now beginning to target and criminalize individuals.
Condemning the attempt to prosecute Dr. Inato Jimomi and to stifle the rest of the Nagas, the Hoho asserted that Dr. Jimomi or any Naga have the right and the freedom to express our love for our land and in doing so it is not to advocate against India but a natural expression of any Naga who have experienced suffering borne out of conflict and militarization and continue to bear the brunt of it.
The Hoho condemned the dictatorial attitude of the state governor and said that a person cannot be deprived of one’s liberty to freedom of expression and natural rights.
Wondering what makes the Governor think what he cannot achieve as a negotiator of peace process can be achieved as a Governor, the Hoho asserted that the peace negotiation of two decades ongoing between the Government of India and the Naga Political Groups is too precious to be derailed by the lack of sight of a single person.
The Hoho urged the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Cabinet not to allow the Governor to undermine the existence of a mandated elected government by a titular head.
Further, the Naga Hoho appealed all the Nagas to stand together against such persecution and injustice and stated, “When one doctor is targeted may all the doctors, the teachers, professors, bankers and the Nagas rise!”.