Ahead of the Urban Local Body (ULB) elections in Nagaland, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has advocated that contesting in the upcoming ULB polls must be reserved exclusively for indigenous Naga individuals i.e. ‘Nagas by blood, not by adoption’. The federation also advocated for the exclusion of women married to non-locals, inclusive of their offsprings, from contesting in these elections.

“This stance emanates from a deep-seated understanding of the intrinsic connection between governance, culture, and identity, which collectively shape the sociopolitical landscape of Nagaland,” it stated.

As Nagaland’s democratic landscape evolves, the NSF stated that it has become imperative to safeguard the interests and aspirations of the indigenous Naga populace.

“It is incumbent upon us to ensure that the voices of our people are not only heard but also authentically represented in decision-making processes,” it added.

According to NSF, recognition of ULBs as instrumental platforms for fostering local governance and driving development initiatives within urban areas is Central to the NSF’s advocacy.

“However, this advocacy extends beyond mere participation; it underscores the imperative of exclusive indigenous representation in these electoral contests,” it maintained.

It urged all stakeholders, including electoral authorities and citizens, to uphold the sanctity of indigenous representation emphasizing the need to safeguard the essence of Naga identity and agency in the decision-making processes at the local level.

“As guardians of Naga interests, the NSF remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting inclusivity, equality, and the preservation of indigenous rights across all spheres of governance,” the NSF said.

“In doing so, we reaffirm our collective resolve to nurture a democratic ethos that is rooted in the principles of justice, equity, and empowerment for all,” it added.

Mokokchung Times

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