Nagaland

Naga Hoho, NSF raises concerns on proposed formation of KAATC

Naga Hoho, NSF raises concerns on proposed formation of Karbi Anglong Automous Territorial Council

Kohima, June 10 (NEx): The Naga Hoho (NH) and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) raised concerns over the purported news of signing an agreement between the Assam Government/GOI and the various rebel groups of Karbi Anglong for the proposed formation of Karbi Anglong Automous Territorial Council (KAATC).

The Naga Hoho in a statement said that concerned parties involved in the talk must take into consideration the facts before inking the final pact and that the past mistake of ignoring land boundary issue among various communities in Karbi Anglong should not be repeated so as to avoid misunderstanding and dispute in the future.

It also mentioned that Naga people living in the Naga Rengma Hills were kept in the dark when the State of Assam was created by the GOI. Inclusion of land and its inhabitants in the formation of state without their consent is outright injustice done and hence the Hoho remonstrate that the GOI and the state of Assam should take into account all stakeholders before signing any agreement.

Naga Hoho also reiterated that the ongoing political talk between the GOI and the Naga people should be respected with serious consideration and the agreement, if any, reached between GOI and the state of Assam in regards to KAATC, should not in any way create misunderstanding or hamper the Indo-Naga political talk.

The Naga Hoho also stated that Nagaland and Assam should have cordial atmosphere and friendly relationship as it is and will continue to be neighbouring states. It further said that the Hoho acknowledges any move for conflict transformation and building peace between various political groups and the Governments but not at the cost of ignoring the historical and political rights of the Nagas. It added that Naga areas should not be included under the purview of the proposed creation of KAATC.

Meanwhile, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) in its statement said that it is deeply pained and disturbed to learn that the 6 rebel groups based in Karbi Anglong area of Assam are set to ink a deal with the GOI without the consultation or the consent of the Naga populace who are the original inhabitants of the area.

While appreciating the efforts by the parties to denounce violence and chart out a future, the federation said it does not accept the attempt to further divide the Naga homeland and lamented that the voice of the Naga people, who are the original inhabitants of the region, were never heard nor sought throughout the negotiation process. It stated that it stands committed to assert on the inherent right of the Nagas.

Further, the federation denounced the proposed peace deal and said that it is not in acceptance of any tacit attempt to divide the Naga people.
It also suggested that Naga brothers and sisters inhabiting the region should refrain from attending the signing ceremonies nor partake in any events related to the same.