Rongmei Recognition Issue

ZPO Nagaland extends support to Ao Senden, Lotha Hoho & Sumi Hoho

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 27 (MExN): The Zeliang People’s Organisation (ZPO) Nagaland today extended its support to the Lotha Hoho, the Sumi Hoho and the Ao Senden “for the bold step and coming forward openly opposing the recognition of the Rongmei tribe as one of the Naga indigenous tribes of Nagaland.”  

A press note from the ZPO Nagaland stated that earlier, “the Angami Public Organisation through their letter dated June 27, 2013 and addressed to the Chief Minister of Nagaland had also appealed the Government of Nagaland for de-recognition of the Rongmei tribe as one of the Naga indigenous tribes of Nagaland that was effected by Notification No.HOME/SCTA-6/2007 (Pt.I) dated August 4,2012.” It was all this that created a “well-built support” to “fight” against the  “unacceptable blunder” of the Government of Nagaland that then “compelled” the Zeliang People’s Organisation Nagaland to file a litigation at the Gauhati High Court vide W.P.(C) No.4519/2012 and “now being heard vide W.P.(C) No. 214(K)/2014 upon transfer to the Kohima Bench,” the Organisation informed.  

The ZPO Nagaland felt that “it is high time” the Government of Nagaland realised the “sentiment” of the people and acted “prudently” to resolve the issue instead of prolonging it by stating the matter to be “subjudice.” The question of the matter being subjudice, it stated, is “not at all unsolvable” provided the Government of Nagaland is “sincerely committed” to fulfilling the wish of the people.  

The ZPO Nagaland reiterated that it is “simple” to make a decision to “derecognise Rongmei tribe as one of the Naga indigenous tribes of Nagaland” and “nullify” Notification No.HOME/SCTA-6/2007 (Pt.I) of August 4, 2012. The ball, it asserted, is now in the court of the “government of the day.”  

NSF asks three Hohos to reconsider decision

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 27 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has fervently appealed to the Ao Senden, Lotha Hoho and Sumi Hoho to reconsider the decision to disassociate from the Naga Hoho. “At this crucial hour, while the Nagas are anticipating for a solution from the Indo-Naga peace talk, the division within Naga community could become a stumbling block,” the NSF said in a press note today. The NSF further asked the Nagaland State Government to “study the Rongmei tribe recognition case diligently keeping in mind the larger Naga unity.” It also asked all sections of Naga society to “unceasingly work for unity among the Nagas and also to strengthen the frontal organisation in the larger interest of the Naga society.”