CNTC defends president’s statement
Dimapur, March 4 (EMN): The Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has clarified statements said to have been given by its President Hokiye Yeptho to the media recently. The organisation issued a press release on Saturday defending him that “whatever the president stated was completely true.”
The press release stated that “twisting and distorting the facts to sensationalize views and opinions expressed is not a new thing for many mainland journalists. Being one sided, partial and biased has been their hallmark.”
The CNTC has also advised “some youths to first study their cultural history and genealogy of their roots” before coming out in the press “for some cheap publicity.” Ridiculing and mocking at “leaders and elders” without knowledge or “in depth understanding” have “become a part of some youths just to hog the limelight,” the CNTC stated further.
The group also lamented that “some women activists, instead of atoning for their wrong doings” were still “hell bent and doing every possible means to accelerate their campaign outside Nagaland to non-Nagas who have no iota of knowledge about our Naga customs and traditions.”
Unlike the other states of India, the organisation stated, Naga women “do not undergo gender discrimination like female foeticide, child marriage, dowry, etc. and Naga women are given equal privilege in every field and even to contest any election they are free to do so and do not need any reservation.”