Naga society’s resounding ‘Yes’ to ACAUT movement
Dimapur, October 30
Civil organizations across Nagaland continue to stand in solidarity with the people’s movement Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) and have expressed all support to the anti corruption and anti-unabated ‘taxation’ movement in Nagaland.
Joining the call of right-thinking citizens, the state’s Catholic community and law students on Thursday reaffirmed their support on the god cause and has urged people of conscience and justice join the public rally in Kohima to be held on October 31.
“A resounding ‘yes’ to ACAUT rally on 31st October 2014 from Catholic Association of Nagaland,” the Catholic association stated in a press release issued to the Media on Thursday. “Catholic Association of Nagaland expresses with the resounding ‘YES’ to constructive social movement in the society. In the spirit of solidarity which is the intrinsic social nature of the Catholic church, the equality of all in dignity and rights and the common path of individuals and peoples towards an ever more committed unity, the Catholic Association of Nagaland wishes and expresses its appreciation on the endeavor of ACAUT in bringing social transformation in the Naga society,” the community stated in the press release.
The association understands contemplatively the noble mission of ACAUT as the “signs of the times,” the organization stated, and has appealed to all citizens of the state and the churches to consider ACAUT as a “revitalized effort for new evangelization’ to build the Naga society on the foundation of “contributive and distributive justice.”
The association stated that it renews its efforts to meet the challenges of today’s society and cultures, in view of the significant changes taking place that are posing a threat to the Christian faith, its proclamation and its witness.
“In facing these challenges, the CAN does not give up or retreat; instead, undertakes and supports a movement such as ACUAT. The Catholic Association of Nagaland supports the proposed rally of ACAUT on the 31st October 2014 at Kohima and also fervently urges the conferrers of ACAUT to uphold the noble objective of its movement in the work of redeeming and healing the Naga society from mal-governance.”
The rally in Kohima has been convened under the aegis of the frontal civil organizations representing the Angami Naga community such as the Angami Public organization, Angami Students’ Union and the Angami Youth Organization.
The Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) issued a press release on Thursday expressing ‘constant support’ to the ACAUT movement. The organization has asked all law students to attend the public rally.
‘NLSF expresses constant support to the ACAUT, Nagaland for taking frontward the movement against the illegal taxation and corruption in the society. The federation has extended support and calls upon all the students to attend the ACAUT rally to be held on 31st Oct 2014 at Kohima,’ the note form the students’ organization stated.
In another matter, the Nagaland Law Students’ Federation has also expressed opposition to the imposition of the so-called “1000 hours bandh” on National Highway by the Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State of Karbi Anglong. The students cited Article 19(1) (d) in the constitution of India which states that “All citizens shall have the right to move freely throughout the territory of India.” The organization has asked law-enforcing agencies to protect the public “to avoid needless inconvenience to other citizens in their lawful pursuit.”