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The Naga Students Federation (NSF) and Global Naga Forum (GNF) today protested against the assembly of Morong Indian Army at Kisama Naga Heritage Village during the ongoing Hornbill Festival.
NSF expresses dismay, saying “actions taken to ‘pay tribute to brave soldiers’ have caused anger and distrust among the Naga community and human rights activists”
The timing of this crisis given the unresolved issues and questions NSF President Medovi Rhi and Secretary General Chumben Khuvung said in a statement that we are resolving the issues that arose at the 2021 Hornbill Festival. It also said that the 2021 edition of the contest was abruptly abandoned after Indian troops allegedly killed 14 innocent Nagas in Otin, Mon State.
While the federal government identified 30 Indian Army soldiers as the perpetrators of the “atrocity”, the government said no charges had been filed even two years after the incident, he said.
“The lack of justice has added to the pain and suffering faced by the Naga people,” he said, adding that dissatisfaction was growing due to the continued existence of the Army Autonomy Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, which provides that ” Indian”. The military has put all its efforts into controlling the above-mentioned murders. ”
Impunity for criminals is a serious concern for social justice and human rights. He said the wounds from the accident were still fresh and had not yet healed.
Therefore, the NSF has said that the Indian Army’s decision to recruit the Moron Indian Army is “uncompromising and ignores the values of the Naga people”.
Attempts to map culture and heritage were not fully understood and glossing over unresolved grievances seemed misguided, he said.
He added that the federation was surprised and could not understand why the concerned agencies handed over the land to the Indian Army in the first place without considering the culture and ignoring the norms, depth and culture of the Naga people.
Therefore, NSF requested that the words “Indian Army Morung” published in local newspapers be modified and requested the Government of India (GoI) to respect public opinion. Naga and resolve this issue as soon as possible.
Furthermore, the GoI insists on meeting the long-standing demand of the Naga people for the repeal of the California AFSPA and immediately commences the trial of the convicts of the 2021 Otin murder case as an important step towards justice and rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, citing similar concerns as well as the Inspector General of the Assam Rifles (AR) being featured as a Special Guest at the Miss Hornbill International event, the GNF called the development an “unending drama.”
The AR force as a “long, notorious history of committing atrocities against the Naga people,” it maintained.
“This is the current scene in the unending drama of India’s grim gift of democracy and modernity to the Naga indigenous people who still live separated in four Indian states and in Myanmar,” the GNF added.