The declaration of Disturbed Area Act (DAA) in Nagaland has brought immense ‘ hardship and untold suffering’ to the Naga people, where ithad created fear psychosis in the minds of the general public. The imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), has adversely affect on Naga people. The government of India should listen to the voice of Naga people and repeal the DAA and AFSPA from Nagaland.
The recent past incident of Wuzu village incidence under Meluri sub- division of Phek district and Pangsha village ITC Dan incidence under Noklak sub- division in Tuensang district, where innocent students and civilians were killed and wounded without any rhyme and reason, and several incidence occurred across the Naga territory thus resulted to compelled the Naga peoples to out rightly condemned the ‘ghastly act of terrorism’ of Indian army towards Nagas and demanded to immediately revoke the DAA and AFSPA in the larger interest of the society.
The military solution is not possible, but could be solved through peace talk as it is very important to hold dialogue for peaceful solution.
The Naga peoples have suffered enough under the iron hands of Indian army, where hundreds of thousands of Nagas were killed, tortured, granaries and houses were reduced to ashes, besides, starvation to death, young girls and women were raped to death and many other untold sufferings.
Here I want to brief out about the first Indo- Naga war; The undeniable and factual of the first Naga revolutionary movement was revealed and took place at Huker village of Yimchungrü area on March 24th 1955.
Accordingly, the war against India for ‘Naga sovereignty’ was declared for the first time during the ‘Kikruma Summit’ on February 18 1955.
On the fateful day of March 24 1955 at around 5; PM, a stiff confrontation was took place between the Indian army and Naga army at Huker village.
During the course of the conflict, four Indian army were killed by Dao and spears, machete besides, several other casualties. In retaliation, the Indian army killed four innocent Naga.
Another Indo – Naga war is also witnessed where the Yimchungrü Naga army wing known as ‘Home Guard Eastern Division’, established its Headquarters at Longtok village ( erstwhile Haphu village) on October 6th 1956, under the ablest and charismatic command of Maj. Gen. Hothrong Yimchungrü. The battle was escalated with ‘barbaric and horrific act’ against the India army for nearly six year war which may be regarded as the longest battle ever recorded in the history of the Naga national movement.
It has also recorded as the most ‘horror and drastic’ where the Indian army employed as nearly 10 cannons, which is marked as ridiculous in the history of Nagas of using such weapons of massive destruction for a small place. (Details of first Indo- Naga war can be found in my book, An Insight of Yimchungrü Naga).
If India is a real democracy than it should have repealed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), where the draconian act has brought nothing but more killing.
It is one of the most oppressive laws in the world and it is a shame that India till today has not been able to repeal this act. The whole world has already condemned this act and it must go. These acts are disturbing the peaceful living of the people while the AFSPA is a draconian act which has to be enacted in a military state, and not in a democratic state. Like many other things, the Indian government inherited the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from their Colonial Masters – Great Britain. Now that India is a growing democracy, it will only be proper if this Act is repealed once and for all.
Tsong’s K. Yim