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Mokokchung, 27 January (MTNews): In response to recent allegations by the Working Committee of NNPGs, the Naga Hoho has issued a rejoinder, firmly defending its credibility against what it deems as “venomous attacks.” The Federal Assembly of Naga Hoho, convened on January 23, 2024, at Rengma Gaon, Assam, unequivocally condemned the baseless statements circulated in local dailies and social media.

In the rejoinder, the Naga Hoho said that the “orchestrated attacks” by the WC of NNPGs, certain organizations, and individuals, seek to portray Naga Hoho as a mere mouthpiece of NSCN IM. Naga Hoho refuted these claims, labeling them as not only unfounded but also a blatant attempt to undermine the very fabric of Naga civil society.

“The Naga Hoho, an institution with a storied history, has come under relentless assault, revealing a sinister pattern of dismantling Naga civil society, as envisioned by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor, who declared civil society as the new frontier of war,” it said.

Examining the principles laid out in the Naga Hoho Constitution, the organization posed a crucial question: “Do the finger-pointers no longer cherish and uphold the mandate of Naga Hoho, or have their minds and hearts lost connection with the essence of our collective aspirations?”

According to the Naga Hoho, its ‘Constitution Principles’ are:

Oneness Among Naga People: Advocating for unity and nurturing a shared identity among the Naga people.

Defense of Naga Rights: Upholding and defending the political, economic, socio-cultural, and other common interests of the Nagas.

Protection of Naga Territory: Resolutely defending the traditional Naga territory and safeguarding its people from external threats.

Integration of Naga Homeland: Striving for the integration of all Naga homelands with a commitment to all-round development.

Welfare of the Nagas: Promoting the overall welfare of the Nagas by protecting their inalienable rights and interests.

“In this relentless assault on Naga civil society, Naga Hoho has consistently pressed the Government of India for an early political settlement,” it maintained.

“Contrary to malicious claims,” Naga Hoho maintained that it has never advocated delaying the Naga political negotiation; “rather, we emphasize a prompt political solution, transcending factional interests,” it said.

On the “opaque Agreed Position,” it asked: “If NNPGs assert the conclusion of negotiations, they should promptly sign the Agreement based on the Agreed Position, which remains shrouded in opacity.”

“While the Framework Agreement was signed with global witnesses, the signing of the Agreed Position remains unofficial and unknown to the people, raising questions about transparency and legitimacy,” it also said

The Naga Hoho contended that the attacks on its credibility aim not only to tarnish its image but also to sow discord within the Naga community. “This orchestrated assault, influenced by divisive forces, poses a severe threat to Naga unity and sovereignty. The Naga Hoho defiantly asserts that it will not succumb to these treacherous machinations orchestrated by those acting as blatant collaborators of India,” it said.

The Naga Hoho concluded by saying that, in this crucial juncture, it calls upon the Naga people and the global community to recognize the orchestrated attempts to dismantle Naga civil society and resist the divisive forces that threaten the collective vision for Naga self-determination and sovereignty.

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