More Sumi students’ bodies condemn NSF action

Demands public apology or mass resignation of entire NSF team


Dimapur, July 9 (MExN): More Sumi students’ bodies have condemned the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) for hosting felicitation programme for HSLC toppers on the day of Tuluni, the premier festival of the Sumi Nagas.
Eastern Sumi Students’ Union: The Eastern Sumi Students’ Union (ESSU) in a statement condemned the NSF for its “deliberative and insensitive decision to host the HSLC toppers felicitation programme coinciding with the date of Tuluni.”


ESSU questioned the NSF “whether it has any knowledge and respect towards the importance of culture and traditions of the Nagas and whether the NSF upholds its Constitution which clearly mentioned about ‘preserve our cultures, customs and traditional heritages’.”


The statement issued by ESSU president, Hutopu Yeptho and general secretary, Tovi Kiba further mentioned that despite All Sumi Students’ Union’s (SKK) written request for postponement of the said programme, the NSF went ahead anyway and held the programme as scheduled. This, it stated, is very unbecoming of the apex students’ organization.


The ESSU therefore demanded a public apology from the NSF to the Sumi community or resignation of its entire executives for violation of their own constitution.


VK Range Students’ Union: In a separate statement, the VK Range Students’ Union (RSU) also condemned the “self styled, narrow and immature decision of the NSF by the latter going against the very preamble of its constitution.” The union has drawn the attention of all Naga civil societies and organizations in the issue, and appealed the same to stand together to protect, promote and respect the unique cultural ethnic and identity of any and all sections of Naga society.


The union further voiced displeasure over what it called “the narrow outlook of the NSF executives, their decisions chalked with hidden and unhealthy agendas.” Meanwhile, it declared to stand firm to support the decision of the All Sumi Students’ Union regarding the matter.


“The present executives o NSF should step down immediately as they have not only failed the constitution, but gone against it too,” demanded the statement issued by VK RSU president, Toino K Wokhami and general secretary, Abito K Sumi.