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Rengma Nagas are the true sons of the soil in Karbi Anglong; NSCN (IM) responds to KSA

Rengma Nagas are the true sons of the soil in Karbi Anglong; NSCN (IM) responds to KSA

Kohima, June 15 (NEx): Responding to the press statement of Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) regarding the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) issue, National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), said that KSA is befooling the people by ignoring the legitimate rights of the Rengma Nagas, who are the true sons of the soil in Karbi Anglong. Nobody can play fool with the well documented historical records, NSCN-IM said.

The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) reacting to NSCN press statement on KAATC issue which ignored the legitimate rights of the Rengma Nagas, who are the true sons of the soil in Karbi Anglong is befooling the people by being ignorant of their roots blinded by the proposed KAATC syndrome, the NSCN countered. It added that irrespective of tribe affiliation, the Rengma Nagas or Karbis, nobody can play fool with the well documented historical records.

The Government of India’s scheme of things as proposed under the controversial KAATC should find their support from historical legitimacy, and simply to appease the Karbi militants at the cost of overlooking the indigenous Rengma Nagas will only complicate the matter, the faction reiterated.

The NSCN also suggested KSA to study the issue from the credible historical perspective and not allow itself to be carried away by the unjustified generosity of the Government of India and state government of Assam in the good name of controlling Assam militants. It also said that KSA should not dwell in their own make believe world without respecting or admitting the factual account of history.

‘The Karbis who are immigrants from different places like Sivasagar, Nagaon, Cachar, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Silchar and Khasi and Jaintia Hills during the British Rule cannot claim themselves the status of original inhabitants’, NSCN stated.

The faction mentioned that the British Ruler declared the present Karbi Anglong areas as Rengma Naga Hills for the legitimate reason as they find the areas inhabited by the Rengma Nagas. The declaration came into effect vide 1841 Official Gazette. The status that the Karbis are enjoying now in the Rengma Naga Hills, is all rooted in immigration from other places as mentioned, courtesy the British Ruler, it added.

The NSCN further advised the KSA to refer to some books on history for further enlightenment of their place in history. The Assamese history book, Rengma Naga Jonogosty Otit and Bortoman (which means – Rengma Naga History Past and Present, Book of the Year-1841), The book on the province of Assam written by A.J. Moffat Mills, page No 216 and 217, (The Rengma Naga), Travel In Assam by John Bulter, North East Frontier of India by Alexander Mac Kenzie, were some of the suggested books by the NSCN.

Going through these books will serve as guide books to know the roots of Karbis (Mikirs) in Assam history, NSCN added. It also mentioned, Map detail on Rengma Hills: The year – 1845 – 1846 and the year – 1848, 1875 and 1884.