TNL, ANSAM ask Govt to put its order into effect
R LESTER MAKANG/NNN
UKHRUL/Senapati, 15th Oct: Barely three days after the state government issued an order calling for removal of objectionable inscription on memorial stones of Anglo-Kuki War commemoration; Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) has asked the former to execute its order within October 16.
In the event of the government failing to fulfil its assurance in time, the public will be compelled to take their own course of actions, TNL announced.
The decision was unanimously taken during an emergency Longshim meeting held at TNL hall, Ukhrul town on Tuesday, based on a recent memorandum submitted to chief minister N Biren Singh by TNL. Speaking to The People's Chronicle soon after the meeting, TNL vice president Tuisem Kamkara said that the emergency Longshim gathering was convened in view of the prevailing tension arising out of the highly contentious inscription of 'in defence of our ancestral land and freedom' on memorial stones to be unveiled during observance of the so-called Anglo-Kuki War centenary event which is slated for October 17.
"We appeal to the state government to execute their order ‘dated 13th October’ for removal of the fabricated inscription on the memorial stones in the right spirit. If the government failed to do so before October 17, then the masses of Ukhrul and Kamjong would be compelled to decide their own course of actions to take down the controversial stones," he said.
According to the TNL leader, even the proposed Anglo-Kuki war commemoration itself is a misnomer because the said war was never a war against the British but only a Kuki rebellion. None of the present Kuki villages in Tangkhul areas existed during the period of 1917-1919, he added.
"In this context, erecting memorial stones with those contentious inscriptions would be an insult to the entire indigenous population of the state and not just to the Nagas," he said.
"Kukis are only refugees who came and settled in Tangkhul areas only after the 1930s by paying Loushal/Lamban to the Tangkhuls and there are ample evidences to prove the fact," Kamkara added. All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has also written to the chief minister N Biren for "prompt and resolute implementation of Government order no. 2/8(1)2016-H(L&O) dated October 13 vis-a-vis the Kuki Centenary Celebration of Kuki Rebellion, 1917-1919 slated for October 17, 2019 to prevail peace in the state".
In its letter to the CM, the Naga students’ body said, "Considering all the accounts, the participation of State VIPs in the so called Centenary Celebration of Kuki Rebellion 1917-19 will amount to legitimising wrong claims made by the Kukis over the issue of the rebellion". Therefore, it is urged the state authority and its machinery to avoid taking part in the "nefariously designed" event and to also take extra care so that no communities living in the state may be hurt. "We fervently urge your good self to implement promptly the aforementioned government order in toto to usher in peace and harmony among the communities in the state," the ANSAM letter added.