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NSCN (IM) defends ‘taxation right’

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JUNE 23: The NSCN (IM) has accused Centre’s Interlocutor for Naga Talks RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland, of desperately trying to criminalise Naga political movement by questioning the “taxation right” of the NSCN.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the group said that taxation is something which is deeply rooted in the history of the Naga resistance movement even before the Naga National Council (NNC) came into the scene.
“It has become pertinent to mention the background of Naga history to drive home the point that tax collection was the inherent part of the Nagas’ way of political existence as sovereign people since time immemorial in order to manage its own affairs. The NSCN collected taxes to support the Naga people’s political movement which started in 1929 even before India got independence from the British. Opposing the Naga tax is nothing short of obstructing the Naga political movement and to let the Naga people to be enslaved by India”, it stated.
According to NSCN (IM), “this taxation” was included in the competencies following the signing of Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015. [Full text]
(Page News Service)