Kohima, February 18 (NEx): The Naga Mothers Association (NMA) submitted a memorandum to the governor of Nagaland, Raj Bhavan Kohima, regarding the recent directives of the Governor to the Chief Secretary, on state government servants and sedition.
The Naga Mothers Association stated that the fundamental right of every citizen, notwithstanding State Service Conduct Rules, be it State Government employee or otherwise, cannot be stifled or threatened in any democracy. The freedom of expression guaranteed under the constitution is also applicable to state government servants to air their views to higher authorities or in public domain.
The Silence of State Government Service Association in the public domain on this latest directive has been deafening, it said.
NMA highlighted that, “In the context of Nagas, caught in the decades of armed struggle for self determination, the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act still in force since 1958, Army atrocities on our people and a long drawn out peace process, it has been the wish of all, to ensure that long lasting peace and a resolution of the Naga political issue is done at the earliest”.
“The targeting of Dr. Inato Jimomi, a dedicated veterinary doctor by profession and a noted social worker is of serious concern. He come from a childhood, whose father was killed by Indian armed forces while serving in the Naga army, near Thewati in Pochury area under Meluri sub division. He has worked tirelessly for Naga widows and orphans of Naga struggle and often air his personal views on the Naga struggle and the long drawn out search for peace, which cannot be termed as sedition”- unquote.
The memorandum also stated that all Nagas be it govt servants, civil society or individuals are answerable in case of any controversial issue, to their Clan, Khel, Village and Tribe. “Our customs and tradition hold sway on codes of ethics and honour and loyalty to our land and our people”, it added.
Thr Mother’s association urged the governor, who is also the interlocutor, for maturity, unbiased commitment to peace and a better understanding of the Naga society, and also reminded the governor that he is an hon’ble guest in our land and therefore mutual respect must be maintained.
“We have an elected state government who we believe will stand for propriety and impartiality, without vested witch hunting, in the midst of fervent movements of most Nagas to bring peace into our land”, the NMA stated.