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Naga tribals keen on strong inter-tribal relations

Of late, factional clashes in Nagaland may have gone up, but most tribals do not want political differences to cloud inter-tribe relations.

By Rokono Nakhro

Kohima, May 14 : Of late, factional clashes in Nagaland may have gone up, but most tribals do not want political differences to cloud inter-tribe relations.

Recently a rival tribe burnt down an entire colony of a Naga tribe in Dimapur.

The gates of Dimapur's Wungram colony are not open to all. Police pickets have been set up and round the clock vigilance is maintained.

Residents are shell-shocked after the fateful night of April 22. The burnt items are still strewn around the area.

The Tankhul community does not want such a thing to happen again. They want to live in peace with other Naga brethren.

"Although, we are suffering now, I still believe that our Naga society, NGOs and elders will be able to bring about a good solution," Kihito, a resident of Wungram Colony, said.

Esther, another Wungram Colony resident, said, "The kind of incident that happened this time, I hope it will never happen again. We are all Nagas, I am a Tanghul. Even Tangkhuls are Nagas.

Whatever has happened we don't have any hard feelings about this incident. But, I hope that after this incident, something good comes out".

The number of people killed in factional clashes in the last two years stands at around 270.

The main reason for factional clashes is the rivalry between two Naga groups -National Socialist Council of Nagaland-

Khaplang (NSCN-K) and National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM). NSCN (K) gave a quit notice to the Tanghuls last year.

Since 2005, clashes between the two Naga groups have claimed over 100 lives.

The Central Government has taken a note of the escalating tension in Nagaland. The Government feels that such clashes are a violation of the ceasefire agreement between these two groups.

In 1957, the Government began diplomatic talks with representatives of Naga tribes, and the Naga Hills district of Assam and the Tuensang frontier were united in a single political entity that became a Union territory - directly administered by the Central government with a large degree of autonomy.

This was not satisfactory to the tribes, however, and soon agitation and violence increased across the state - included attacks on Army and government institutions, as well as civil disobedience and non-payment of taxes.

In 1960 (July), a further political accord was reached at the Naga People's Convention that Nagaland should become a constituent and self-governing state in the Indian union. Statehood was officially granted in 1963 and the first state-level democratic elections were held in 1964.

Insurgencies were quelled in the early 1980s. Violence has re-erupted and there has been ongoing conflict between rebel group factions since the late 1990s.


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