Naga People’s Proclamation with Respect to 135 Nationalities of the Union of Myanmar::The Morung Exp

The PyithuHluttaw, Lower House of Representative U AungThein from the YwaNgan constituency in Danu Self-Administered Zone, Shan State raised the questions about 135 ethnic nationalities of Myanmar in 20th day meeting of the sixth session of the 1stPyithuHluttawheld in 27th day of February and Deputy Minister U Win Myint for Immigration and Population replied to these queries. The desire and proclamation of Naga people on this reply are as follows.

... 1. The Naga people are the Indigenous People in Myanmar and India and we have our own dialect, culture, customs, long history and distinctive identities.

2. The region in which the Naga are residing has been recognized as the Naga Self-Administered Zone in the 2008 Constitution of the Union of Myanmar according to their cultural distinctiveidentities, geographical territory and population ratio.

3. The reply in the parliament in which the Naga people are included and put in the 53 tribes of Chin ethnic group can not be totally accepted,

4. The baseless, unacceptable and non-logical reply of the Deputy Minister of Immigration and Population can impact on the national unity in the time of trying to get the national unity and reconciliation.

5. The recognition of Naga people as the tribes in the other nationalities that is opposing the reply of the ministry of Immigration and Population are seriously rejected.

6. We deeply and seriously request to re-issue the making amendment and addendum on the nationality lists legally issued by the State.

7. Besides the Naga people are being displayed and featured as the tribes of Chin nationality in the Union National Races’ Village the Naga traditional appurtenance and utensils are displayed as the Chin national races’ traditional objects. Seriously requested to remove and withdraw these displayed and disclosed items and materials like that as soon as possible.

8. We seriously demand and request any person, any organization or any business institution not to mention, describe or refer the Naga people and Naga Region intentionally or unintentionally as the tribes or region being under other race’s or region’s domination.

EnoHninWa (Chairman)
Naga Tradition and Culture Sub-Township Committee, Yangon

EnoZawWintPhyo(Secretary)
Naga Hills Development Network

EnoNawAungSann (President)
Naga Student Youth Federation, Yangon

Rev. EnoSeinMaung (General Secretary)
Naga Baptist Convention

Rev. EnoTsimuthong (Pastor)
Naga Baptist Christian Fellowship, Yangon

NAGA-KACHIN RELATIONS AT A GLANCE - By Ke Jung



A bout 40 Naga villages are located in Kachin State, in the Tanai Township & Shinbwiyang Sub-township.

More than 100 households are based in Myitkyina.
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The Singpho (India)/Jangpho (Burma) are the same people. The Singpho and the Naga in Arunachal are living together.

The Kachin, as delegates have been participating in the Naga New Year Festival every year.

Until recently (2010), though the Nagas were under the Sagaing Division, the actual administration was under the Kachin State Govt.

The Baptist specially among the Tangshang Nagas were brought about by the Kachin Missionaries.

The Catholic among the Nagas are influenced by the Kachin Catholic church. Till today, the Naga Catholic uses Jangpho Bible and Hymn books.

The Naga Church of Christ were influenced by the Lisu and Rawang tribes of Kachin. For a long time, they use Lisu and Rawang language. At the present, they have started using the Bible and hymn in Tangshang Naga language through the Tangshang Naga tribe in Arunachal.

Photo: NAGA-KACHIN RELATIONS AT A GLANCEBy Ke JungAbout 40 Naga villages are located in Kachin State, in the Tanai Township & Shinbwiyang Sub-township.More than 100 households are based in Myitkyina.The Singpho (India)/Jangpho (Burma) are the same people. The Singpho and the Naga in Arunachal are living together.The Kachin, as delegates have been participating in the Naga New Year Festival every year.Until recently (2010), though the Nagas were under the Sagaing Division, the actual administration was under the Kachin State Govt.The Baptist specially among the Tangshang Nagas were brought about by the Kachin Missionaries.The Catholic among the Nagas are influenced by the Kachin Catholic church. Till today, the Naga Catholic uses Jangpho Bible and Hymn books. The Naga Church of Christ were influenced by the Lisu and Rawang tribes of Kachin. For a long time, they use Lisu and Rawang language. At the present, they have started using the Bible and hymn in Tangshang Naga language through the Tangshang Naga tribe in Arunachal.Photo: Welcoming Kachin delegates to Naga New Year Festival in Nanyun.

Photo: Welcoming Kachin delegates to Naga New Year Festival in Nanyun.

Press release - Ceasefire without peace talks?

A Naga International Support Center, NISC, www.nagalim.nl
A human rights organization
Amsterdam 26 February 2013


Will ceasefire bring peace to the perilous Nagas of Burma/Myanmar?

Relatively recently the Khaplang group, NSCN-K, split off of the National Social Council of Nagaland (1988).agreed to a cease fire with the Government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) but no word was spent on much needed peace talks. Because the Government of Myanmar/Burma signed a ceasefire with the NSCN-K it implicitly recognized the NSCN-K as the representational body of the Naga populace of Myanmar/Burma. Considering this supposition the Naga international Support Center requests the Khaplang group to provide answers to the following questions:

- The Tamanthi hydro electric project financed by India is being built in the middle of Nagaland Myanmar/Burma. It will affect many villages and so thousands of Nagas. Since they are forced to relocate without sufficient compensation in land and housing what does the NSCN-K plan to do: Will the NSCN-K urge the Governments of India and Myanmar to abandon this unfortunate project so the thousands of Naga victims are protected?

- Reunification of Naga areas is a prerequisite for forming the Naga Nation now divided between two countries India and Myanmar and in India again into four states. Can the NSCN-K unequivocally speak out in favor of reunification of Nagas?

The new Burmese Constitution does not leave room for the Indigenous Peoples of Myanmar to exercise their Right to Self Determination. NISC did not yet learn that the NSCN-K confers with neighbor Kachin and other Indigenous Nations like the Karen about their stand they have on this constitutional matter, yet they want peace talks. The Nagas NSCN-K represents are entitled to know about the policies of the NSCN-K. NISC therefore asks NSCN-K to inform the Naga public on its policy on how to exercise their Right to Self Determination.

Does the NSCN-K stand for sovereignty in conjunction to the Nagas of India and so to unite into one Naga Nation?

Centre will soon settle talks, promises Shinde

A Staff Reporter | EMN

DIMAPUR, FEB 18: In the backdrop of the Naga civil societies’ call for a clear account from the visiting central leaders on their stance and commitment to the protracted Indo-Naga talks, Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde today said the Centre will ‘soon settle this talk with all the different leaders’ and deliver a ‘good settlement.’

Speaking at an election rally for 7 Peren INC candidate, Iherie Ndang, here on Monday at Jalukie, Shinde said, “I feel the success is in front of me. I have already discussed (the issue) with the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and it will be settled soon.”
The ultimate aim is to provide peace in the region, he said. “We want total peace in this area. And that is the reason I have been talking to both the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for a good solution (to the Indo-Naga talks).

“I have asked my interlocutor to talk to the people to whom we have an agreement. And we will soon settle this talk with all the different leaders,” he added.

Shinde went on to assure that “the Government of India and particularly, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are very much interested in solving the Naga political problem.”

The Home Minister also said power projects under Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojana allotted to Nagaland during his tenure as Union Power Minister have failed miserably in the State. Money was given, but it never reached you, he said.

He said the Congress was always for the service to people regardless of being in the ruling or opposition bench. “Today the young blood wants employment, education and new avenues of industry. But you must have a fighting leader if you want development.”

And development will come by harnessing the potentials in education sector, power sector and industries, he said. “And here the Congress assures you with more employment opportunities, better power service and more industries.”

CLP leader, Tokheho Yepthomi in his address said that the NPF did not govern but rather ruled over Nagaland during the past ten years. “They don’t have a high command or a low command. That is why they indulged in widespread corruption because they are not accountable to their higher-ups,” he said.

The CLP leader cited the recent seizures of cash in crores and weapons from NPF candidates. While terming it as an insult to the Clean Elections campaign, he reminded the crowd that the bigger question was the source of the seized money and stated that it was public money siphoned off in the last ten years.

Yepthomi also said the ‘position of the Congress is very clear. We have committed to bring changes and uproot corruption’.
Another Congress star campaigner, former Deputy CM, IK Sema also addressed the rally.

The Union Home Minister earlier addressed an election rally for Congress candidates at Khuzama local ground in Kohima district where he gave the same assurances of ‘early solution’. The Centre is trying to find a ‘workable solution’ so that peace can be instated and Nagaland gets all forms of development and facilities, he said.

Also speaking on the occasion, AICC general secretary i/c Nagaland, Capt. Praveen Davar, accused the NPF-led DAN government of ‘massive corruption and massive looting’ of public funds in the last 10 years. He also maintained that Congress alone can bring about real development and prosperity in the State.

Towards a free Nagalim!

Coordinator
EUROPEAN ALLIANCE WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Kettenlan 20-1040 Brussels.

Towards a free Nagalim!

Fifty years of struggle is a very long time. Therefore it is an honor for me to be able to collaborate with the Naga people in their struggle to retain their independence. Every people has the right to self-determination, whether this means autonomy or complete independence is up to the people in question to decide, not to the British, nor to the Indians.

Despite all the atrocities, the oppression and the secret war, it is surprising to see the Naga people and their movements still that active and vital. It is the dynamism that will lead the Naga people to obtaining what they want: the right to maintain their own cultures and languages, as well as their own political, social and religious systems.

It is at the same time unbelievable that these 50 years of resistance have been almost completely ignored by the Europeans governments, parliaments, media and non-governmental organizations. If one can say a thing about the Indian Government, then it is that it has been successful in getting the Naga issue, as well as most of the other conflicts in the region out of attention. Even now it is difficult to get the issue on the agenda of institution such as the European Parliament because of the strong pressure of the Indian Government not to touch the Indian sovereignty. But the world is slowly changing for the better.

It is the achievement of organizations and movements like the NSCN and the Naga People's Movement for Human Rights, each with its own agenda and objectives, to have brought the Naga struggle to Europe, and to create alliances with peoples who are willing to listen to the plight of the Nagas, and to act to advocate their rights.

I have the luck to be one of these people; and I remain convinced that all these efforts will not remain useless. One day Nagalim will be free again, freed from occupation, war and oppression just like many others have been able to get their right to self-determination recognized, and the Naga people will be able to freely determine their own destiny. At that time, other peoples will ask the Naga people for their support and advice in order for these others to be able to deliver this needed solidarity and wisdom.

The Naga nation has the right to maintain its own identity, its own social and political institutions and to a genuine democratic and community-oriented political system. Once this is established, the Naga people and their movements will have something to show to the world. That it takes more than 50 years of British colonization and 50 years of Indian colonization, even combined, to make unsuccessful attempts to defeat a people as strong as the Nagas is a matter of substantive inspiration.

For the rights to self-determination of all the indigenous peoples! For free Nagalim!

Sd/-

(WENDEL TRIO)


“The Centre playing with the minds of the Naga people” - Ananya Dutta

Several rounds of peace talks have been held without a resolution

The campaign ahead of the February 23 elections to the Nagaland Assembly may be on in full swing with both the Capital and its most important commercial centre littered with pre-election publicity material. But for many the announcement of the elections itself came as a disappointment as the resolution to a peace process that has gone on for 15 years is yet to come.

“The Government of India had promised that there would be a settlement before the elections and now these elections have been announced. They (the Centre) are testing the Naga people time and again. Earlier there had been talk that there would a resolution from the peace process as a Christmas gift to the Naga people....They are only experimenting with the minds of the Naga people,” said Neingulo Krome, a human rights activist and a member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), an apex civil society group that has been working towards cessation of hostilities within the Naga tribes.

The State has witnessed a period of relative peace since 1997, when a ceasefire came into force, but in the 15 years that have followed the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muhivah) several rounds of peace talks have been held without a resolution.

Last year there were indications from both Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and the NSCN (I-M) leadership that a solution was likely before the Assembly elections. The failure to do so has emerged as a major issue in these elections even as each political party finds fault with the other.

In the course of the Congress’s election campaign, former Chief Minister of the State and senior Congress leader S.C. Jamir has often mocked the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) for failing to live up to its 2003 election promise of a resolution to the Naga political issue “in three months time.”

“Those three months has become ten years and we still do not have a solution,” Mr. Jamir said adding that the Centre cannot place its trust in Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s government, which has proved to be a stumbling block.

On the other hand, the NPF blames the Congress for failing the people on the issue. Addressing a rally at Dimapur Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that his party had gone to the extent of supporting the Congress’s nominee for the Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee last year in the hope of securing an early resolution to the peace talks, but nothing came of it.

Mr. Rio also questioned the Congress’s commitment on the issue pointing out that while his party’s manifesto devotes two pages to the Naga political issue, the Congress mentions it in only three lines.

Another member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Akum Longchari, who is also the editor of a local daily The Morung Express, said that the impasse continues because the Centre wants to limit the dialogue to the negotiating table and not extend it further.

“The announcement of these elections goes a long way in showing how the Indian state views the peace process...The electoral system as it is not about engaging with issues, it is about the manufacture of consent for the powers that be,” Mr. Longchari said.

Nagas Celebrate Seed Sowing Festival





Traditional custom show from various Naga tribes of Manipur.



Costume display rounds from various Naga communities hailing from Manipur


Traditional dance from various Naga communities hailing from Manipur(Shilpgram, Guwahati on 16th February 2013)






Photo: Chipemi Keishing

Nagas celebrate seed sowing festival

Nagas celebrate seed sowing festival

Agencies | Guwahati, Feb 18: The various Naga tribes of Manipur residing in the city “sowed the seed” of Lui-Ngai-Ni festival for the first time on Saturday.

Lui-Ngai-Ni is a seed sowing festival celebrated by different Naga tribes of Manipur on February 15. The Nagas belonging to Tangkhul, Anal, Zeliangrong, Mao, Aimol and other tribes compositely organized the festival to strengthen the bond with each other and also to showcase their rich cultural heritage to city residents.

“Since we are living away from our homes in Manipur, we decided to organize Lui-Ngai-Ni here itself. It’s a good idea to get together with the other Naga tribes of Manipur living in Guwahati.

Also, we want to showcase our tradition to non-Nagas so that we can understand each other better and strengthen our bond,” Thotngam Jamang, organizing secretary of the Lui-Ngai-Ni organizing committee, said.

“This is also an opportunity for our children to witness and experience their own culture and tradition in Guwahati,” chairman of Tankhul Welfare Society, Guwahati, A S Hopingson, said.Although Lui-Ngai-Ni in Manipur is celebrated on February 15, here it was organized a day later on Saturday.

Besides traditional songs and dance, the festival was pepped up by folksinger Guru Rewben Mashangva and Ringo. Tattoo artist Mo Naga, who recently opened his studio here, also took part in the festival with his painting of a water buffalo skull, symbolizing the days left behind in their homeland.

Mo Naga, who is also popularizing traditional Naga tattoos through his works, said such programmes should be organized at least twice a year.

Agencies | Guwahati, Feb 18: The various Naga tribes of Manipur residing in the city “sowed the seed” of Lui-Ngai-Ni festival for the first time on Saturday.

Lui-Ngai-Ni is a seed sowing festival celebrated by different Naga tribes of Manipur on February 15. The Nagas belonging to Tangkhul, Anal, Zeliangrong, Mao, Aimol and other tribes compositely organized the festival to strengthen the bond with each other and also to showcase their rich cultural heritage to city residents.
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“Since we are living away from our homes in Manipur, we decided to organize Lui-Ngai-Ni here itself. It’s a good idea to get together with the other Naga tribes of Manipur living in Guwahati.

Also, we want to showcase our tradition to non-Nagas so that we can understand each other better and strengthen our bond,” Thotngam Jamang, organizing secretary of the Lui-Ngai-Ni organizing committee, said.

“This is also an opportunity for our children to witness and experience their own culture and tradition in Guwahati,” chairman of Tankhul Welfare Society, Guwahati, A S Hopingson, said.Although Lui-Ngai-Ni in Manipur is celebrated on February 15, here it was organized a day later on Saturday.

Besides traditional songs and dance, the festival was pepped up by folksinger Guru Rewben Mashangva and Ringo. Tattoo artist Mo Naga, who recently opened his studio here, also took part in the festival with his painting of a water buffalo skull, symbolizing the days left behind in their homeland.

Mo Naga, who is also popularizing traditional Naga tattoos through his works, said such programmes should be organized at least twice a year.

No Integration No Solution

Naga Integration and Solution!

“One People, One Struggle, One Solution” this historic event of ‘The Naga Integration Rally’ was attended by over 50,000 Nagas from all Naga areas of India in the Nagas capital Kohima, Nagaland Leader of Opposition NLA I. Imkong also addressing the Integration Rally said that the main theme of the Naga Integration Rally is to demonstrate the solidarity of the Nagas to live together and bring all the Nagas under one administrative umbrella. 

This genuine desire of the Nagas were explicitly expressed in the memorandum of 1929 submitted to the Simon Commission and which is also stated in the 9 point agreement of 1947, and the 16 point agreement of 1960 respectively. He also stated the views of his party and its stand on the issue of Naga Integration and the Naga political problem.

Till today, Govt of India and Nagas discussed this issue as one of the main agenda for the Naga solution!

~Courtesy: No Integration No Solution
“One People, One Struggle, One Solution” this historic event of ‘The Naga Integration Rally’ was attended by over 50,000 Nagas from all Naga areas of India in the Nagas capital Kohima, Nagaland Leader of Opposition NLA I. Imkong also addressing the Integration Rally said that the main theme of the Naga Integration Rally is to demonstrate the solidarity of the Nagas to live together and bring all the Nagas under one administrative umbrella.

This genuine desire of the Nagas were explicitly expressed in the memorandum of 1929 submitted to the Simon Commission and which is also stated in the 9 point agreement of 1947, and the 16 point agreement of 1960 respectively. He also stated the views of his party and its stand on the issue of Naga Integration and the Naga political problem.
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Till today, Govt of India and Nagas discussed this issue as one of the main agenda for the Naga solution!

~Courtesy: No Integration No Solution