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After dog meat ban, what next: NSCN (IM)


Dimapur, July 24: Against the backdrop of the State Government banning dog meat in the State on July 3, the NSCN (IM) has asked the Government of Nagaland not to be “spineless” to surrender everything to the Government of India without first taking its people into confidence.
“Today is dog meat ban. What next tomorrow? Nagaland state government cannot be so spineless to surrender everything to the Government of India without first taking its people into confidence,” said a statement issued by the MIP NSCN/GPRN.
The NSCN (IM) questioned the urgency of the State Cabinet to ban dog meat without taking into consideration the culture of the indigenous people. “Nowhere the Nagas share something common with the mainland Indians. In as much as facial structure is different, so is the food habits. Thus, racially or ethnically, Nagas and Indians are nowhere near to share anything similar. Our origin of civilization is also different. Whether we belong to backward civilization or advance civilization it does not matter. Nagas are proud of their rich culture and traditions. Let no force on earth impose alien culture on the Naga people. Leave us alone as we have been for decades. Leave the Naga food habit alone,” said the statement.
Stating that this is not the first time that the Nagaland State Government has gone far enough to ban food item in Nagaland, the NSCN (IM) recalled that earlier the State Government tried to ban cow meat under the influence of Hindutva. “Nagaland state government went for the unthinkable to ban dog meat just to please some political celebrities. But it would be far-fetched to imagine that the Naga food habit will change simply because the Cabinet has passed the order banning dog meat.”
“Since time immemorial dog is bred for different purposes like hunting, pet, house guard and for food. These has become the cultural traits of the Nagas as far as keeping dog is concern. Moreover, the right to eat anything as per one’s culture should not be put under restriction simply to satisfy the whims and fancy of somebody in power. The Nagas are equally concern on cruelty to any kind of animals. But to force us to stop eating dog meat on the ground of cruelty to animal is not acceptable to us. What about other animals or birds? What to eat and what not eat is not anybody’s business to enforce or decide. This is against the natural freedom of choice of food. Our kitchen menu is of owner’s choice and not something to come from any authority,” it said.
The NSCN (IM) asserted that Nagas must fight off any kind of social, cultural, religious, political assimilation being pursued by India in different forms from the time of “its forceful occupation of Nagalim and till today.” “India under BJP has become more aggressive and chauvinistic in such pursuit in order to create Hindu way of living, thinking, worship and eating,” it alleged.
Stating that Nagas should be proud of our ancestors who offered tough resistance to alien culture and the strong bond they shared with our culture, tradition and custom differentiate the Nagas from the rest of the world as a unique and interesting entity, the NSCN (IM) said, “The day Naga people shy away from our past and fall short of embracing our glorious legacy we will become people without identity. We are proud of what we are, no matter what and no force on earth should try to change it for their vested interest.”
“Significantly, the history of India and Nagalim is something not related in any respect. The relation between India and Nagalim is a matter of forced occupation and political suppression. The Naga people will not accept intrusion into our cultural character. What belongs to the Naga culture must stay and what does not belong to the Naga culture should not be entertained so as not to pollute the Naga culture,” it added. (Page News Service)