Dimapur, February 4: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to adopt a resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during the 5th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly that begins on February 7.
In a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, NSF president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary Liremo R. Kikon placed on record the federation’s total disapproval and rejection of the CA, saying it will open the floodgate for illegal immigrants to infiltrate into our land, thereby altering the demographic and linguistic uniqueness of North East region in general and Nagaland in particular.
The NSF reiterated its long held view that the CAA is anti-secular, anti-minority, anti-indigenous and is violative of the basic ethos of the Constitution. “Posterity shall hold those proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that the CAA will bring about into our Naga society. The federation on our part, and together with our partner organizations, shall continue to fight against the unconstitutional CAA in whichever way humanely possible until the desired result is achieved in the larger interest of the general public,” it declared.
The NSF said it is not in agreement with the State Government’s assertion that the controversial CAA will not impact the State of Nagaland whatsoever as areas that falls under the Inner Line Permit notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 will be outside the Act’s purview.
“This argument holds no water as the prevailing reality at ground zero clearly proves the contrary. The mechanism in applying ILP has failed miserably in our State which is known to you. The present Nagaland State is a living example of how illegal immigrants can infiltrate and dominate upon the local people despite the ILP regime being in operation ever since the inception of the State. More so, the nationwide exercise of NRC and NPR and their requirements for proper implementation of the discriminatory CAA in the country reeks of agenda that is not in the interest of the citizens of this country but only to further the political interest of some chosen few,” the representation stated.
The federation appealed to the Chief Minister to place the issue of CAA on the floor of the House for thorough deliberation along with all the elected members and thereafter adopt a firm resolution denouncing the law “which threatens to annihilate the unique culture, traditions, customs and practices, language of the Naga people.”
The NSF, representing the voices and aspirations of the Naga students and youths, is strongly of the opinion that the members of the house will do whatever necessary to protect and uphold the interest of those who will inherit the future and that the adoption of the resolution been proposed by the NSF will go a long way in reaffirming this conviction, said the representation. (Page News Service)