Responding to the criticism against its formation by Naga Hoho, which appeared in sections of the local media on October 11, NTC convenor Pius Lotha and secretary Theja Therieh asserted that NTC welcomed every Naga of Nagaland to “own and be part of it” adding, they would never compel or even force anyone to participate in NTC except through one’s own volition.
On Naga Hoho’s stand that formation of NTC was “premature and not appropriate” , the signatories maintained, that instead it was almost late for Nagas of Nagaland to have their own platform, which has been a long-felt need.
They opined that the Naga Hoho’s plea that NTC formation was premature and not appropriate when “Nagas are struggling for social and political fraternity” was a “suppressive mechanism” and a “borrowed culture”. They said such attempts to use phrases were “alien to Nagas of Nagaland”.
The signatories asserted that NTC has no “hidden agenda” and neither will “it ever take interest in interfering in the affairs of others”.
Further, drawing attention on Naga Hoho’s press statement, revealing that representatives of 18 tribes attended Thursday’s meeting to resolve and reiterate the resolution (on NTC), they said seven were from Nagaland and remaining 11 were from outside Nagaland.
The signatories said Nagas of Nagaland “particularly the willing partners” have a right to form their own association; Naga Hoho would be wise to “restrain from undue exercise” in the interest of peaceful coexistence.
Stating this, ZPO president Azu Newmai and general secretary Kisamyi affirmed that Zeliang people “in their inherent right and dignified identity, as a recognised tribe of Nagaland and under the aegis of the apex organisation- ZPO- will attend the launch of the Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) on Saturday, October 12 at APO Hall Kohima.
The two also clarified that ZPO and Zeliang people “are no underside entities of Naga Hoho” and reaffirmed that they (ZPO and Zeliang people) will not be “tagged” by the diktats of the Naga Hoho. NPN