- Naga women marrying non-Nagas & outsiders cannot have Naga identity of Nagaland
- Non Nagas or Nagas who are not from Nagaland cannot own any piece of land
Dimapur, July 21: The Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) today said that the Government of Nagaland must peruse on the agreed position drawn between Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and the Government of India.
The Council of Ministers cannot evade or escape from their collective responsibility and accountability to the Nagas, it said.
In a statement issued by the Media Cell on RIIN, the Working Committee stated that every Naga is a citizen of the village from where their ancestors hailed and every village is an independent city state with its own customs, procedures, laws and practices. It said the village has the decisive power on what laws to be applied and what should not.
There is no unwanted or unrecognized Naga who do not belong to a village within the political boundaries of Nagaland and there is no ‘Urban Nagas’, it added.
Stating that it is for every village to maintain a record of their population and to issue Personal Identity Cards under the seal of the village authority, the WC said Naga women marrying non-Nagas and outsiders shall not have the right to have Naga identity of Nagaland and the same applies to their children
“It is an indigenous practice to safeguard Naga lineage, prevent genetic pollution. Our ancestors did not have modern scientific and technical names for such innovations of the present days, but they had instilled such practices and traditions within the Naga Society,” it said.
The WC further said in Nagaland, citizenship of the Nagas is totally vested within the village authority, adding no one without certification of origin from any village or parent village can be enrolled into the records of the Nagaland Government.
“It is a clear piece of Customary Law and Procedure that any Naga living in Nagaland without ancestral lineage from any parent village within Nagaland boundaries cannot be a citizen of Nagaland, including those from Naga territories outside the present Nagaland,” it said.
It further stated that the only revenue land in Nagaland is Dimapur Mouza, on which the Government of Nagaland can enforce any law made by it on all such matters.
In order to enumerate and certify the identity of the Nagas or to create any such registry, the Government of Nagaland should endorse Village Authorities of the respective Naga Countries, it said adding, “Non Nagas or Nagas who are not from Nagaland cannot own any piece of land in Nagaland and shall not be enlisted as bonafide inhabitants of Nagaland”.
“Any descendents, who had established villages prior to the withdrawal of British from the Naga Countries can alone be treated as Indigenous Inhabitants, provided they have records of paying tributes to Parent Naga Villages. With position of demographic distribution and stratification well established and structured systematically through the ages, therefore Non Nagas or Nagas who do not belong to any village of any Naga tribes of Nagaland the question of ownership of land in Nagaland does not arise,” the statement said.
The Working Committee asked the Government of Nagaland to take cognizance of the underlying principles of Naga Customary laws, practices and procedures of the Nagas in this matter.
It said all social, political organizations and NGOs should desist from issuing any certificate of Indigenous/ origin/ Citizen Certificates or make such recommendations to any of the offices so as to keep our history clear for future generation. (Page News Service)