DIMAPUR, JUNE 7: Reacting to the Government of India and Government of Assam proposal to create Karbi-Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) in Karbi Anglong, the NSCN (IM) has stated that it will not accept alienation of Nagas’ ancestral land, which is tantamount to undermining the spirit of the Indo-Naga political talks.
“…no authority should go far enough to override the interests of the Rengma Nagas who are the legitimate owner of the land under the questionable proposition”, the MIP NSCN/GPRN said in a statement.
The NSCN (IM) claimed that the KAATC is an agreement to appease the 6 rebel outfits like Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCKL), United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA) and the 3 factions of Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT).
It stated that Karbi Anglong, erstwhile known as Rengma Hills, is made the victims of aggressive influx of outsiders for vested interests. “Nonetheless, their historical status as the true sons of the soil cannot be questioned. For the same reason the Rengma Nagas have a glorious history, vis-à-vis their relations with the Ahoms and the British rulers”, it said.
The NSCN (IM) stated that taking cognizance of the historical status, the Rengma issue in Assam constitutes one of the important agenda of Indo-Naga political talks pending final decision.
“Significantly, the Naga political movement is all about land and people because land represents economic, political and social power and identity of the people. The Naga people had sacrificed countless lives in the course of the movement. It is a trail of blood, sweat and tears as no sacrifice comes too big for the Nagas to defend their God’s given lands”, it said.
“The Rengmas are not lost people or immigrants like others in Karbi Anglong. NSCN, therefore, would not allow the Rengma Nagas to be driven to the edge without considering their historical factual status. Thus, NSCN makes it loud and clear that any agreement that victimize the Rengma Nagas would not be acceptable to the Nagas in general and to the NSCN in particular”, it added.
(Page News Service)