Imphal: NSCN/GPRN has strongly condemned ‘the illegal and imprudent move by Government of India to erase the word Naga in the Naga areas of so-called state of Arunachal Pradesh’.
Government of India, in connivance with Arunachal Government and some corrupt Naga leaders, has worked out to remove ‘Any Naga tribe’ and recognised Tangsa, Tutsa, Nocte and Wancho as separate identity under her constitution. This is a blatant insult to the on-going Naga struggle and clearly indicates that India has wilfully undermines and ignored the legitimate right, identity and history of the Naga people, NSCN/GPRN said in a statement released on Wednesday.
For thousands of years, Nagas proudly and peacefully inhabited their present land in the so-called states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam and Eastern (Myanmar). They have never known foreign power till the British set foot on their land in the early 1830s and fought tooth and nails to defend every inch of their country. After the British left in 1947 both India and Burma applied the same colonial policies and forcibly enter and occupied the Naga country which led to an armed confrontation till today, it said.
“Only pages of our history know how much the Nagas has suffered and sacrificed to defend our sovereign birth right from the foreign invaders,” it said.
The world knows that the Naga issue is a case of invasion and not the internal problem of any country. India is constantly playing deceptive means and political gimmicks to disintegrate Nagas in the name of development to suit her purposes. This smear campaign to divert the world’s attention from the core Naga issue will be counterproductive, it added.
India’s continual refusal to honour and recognise the legitimate Naga cause is a flagrant violations of UN Security Council resolutions and also questions her solemn commitment to International laws, it said.
“The word ‘Naga’ is what literally binds Nagas together as one people and we will never give up for anything in the world. As much as NSCN/GPRN opposes India’s hegemony, we will continue to reject and fight all of her discriminatory laws in our country. Every Naga tribe has a special responsibility to come together and denounce such divisive move which is a grave danger to our on-going struggle,” it added.
All those Naga MLAs and leaders who supported the illegal bill will be held accountable and will be level as anti-Naga, it said.