8 tribal hohos reiterate appeal to ENPO to ‘join hands’
DIMAPUR — Leaders representing the eight tribal hohos of Nagaland have reiterated their appeal to the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) to reconsider its stance and “join hands with the rest of the Naga community.”
The appeal was made in a press statement issued by Razouvotuo Chatsu, president of Angami Public Organisation and sessional chairman, and Dr. Vihuto Asumi, general secretary of Sümi Hoho and sessional secretary, on behalf of the eight hohos.
The hohos include the Angami Public Organisation, Ao Senden, Lotha Hoho, Chakhesang Public Organisation, Pochury Hoho, Rengma Hoho, Sümi Hoho and Nagaland Zeliang Public Organisation.
“In recent times, there have been discussions within the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) regarding the pursuit of a separate ‘entity.’
“While recognising the historical and cultural significance of ENPO’s concerns, it is essential to consider the broader context of the Naga struggle for self-determination,” the statement read.
Maintaining that the Naga people have long dreamt of a united and inclusive future where all Naga tribes stand together in pursuit of their common goals, the leaders representing the eight hohos affirmed that the strength of the Naga movement lies in its diversity.
“The various Naga tribes bring unique perspectives, traditions, and experiences to the table, enriching the collective struggle for self-determination.
“However, this diversity should not be a cause for division but rather a source of strength and resilience. By standing together, united in their shared vision for the future, the Naga people can overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their aspirations,” the statement read.
Pointing out that Naga people have a rich history of unity and resilience in their quest for self-determination, it went on to mention that for over half a century, various Naga tribal groups have come together to pursue their collective aspirations, facing numerous challenges and sacrifices along the way.
The Indo-Naga political issue has remained unresolved, despite decades of negotiation between the Government of India and Naga National political groups, it stated.
But despite setbacks and challenges, the hohos insisted that Naga people have remained steadfast in their commitment to achieving a just and honourable solution to their political aspirations.
The hoho leaders further appealed that, now more than ever, it is crucial for all Naga tribes to stand united in their pursuit of self-determination, as any further disintegration or fragmentation of the Naga family would only serve to weaken the collective resolve and delay the realisation of their shared goals.
“As we navigate the complexities of the Indo-Naga political issue, let us not lose sight of the fundamental principle that unites us all — the right to self-determination.
“Let us draw strength from our shared history, culture, and aspirations as we work towards a future where all Naga tribes can live in peace, harmony, and dignity. Together, we can overcome any challenges that lie ahead and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for generations to come,” the statement added.
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