The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to adopt a resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during the 5th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly that begins on February 7.
In a memorandum addressed to the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, NSF President Ninoto Awomi and General Secretary Liremo R Kikon said it disapproved and rejected CAA and warned that the Act would open the floodgate for illegal immigrants to infiltrate ‘our land’, thereby, altering the demographic and linguistic uniqueness of Northeast and Nagaland in particular. NSF reiterated its long-held view that the CAA was anti-secular, anti-minority, anti-indigenous and violate of the basic ethos of the Constitution and cautioned that posterity would hold proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that it would bring to the Naga society.
The NSF asserted “Posterity shall hold those proponents and supporters of the controversial law accountable for the ills that the CAA will bring about into our Naga Society”.
In this connection, together with its partner organizations, the federation said that it would continue to fight against CAA in “whichever way, humanely possible, until the desired result is achieved in the larger interest of the general public”. It further stated it is not in agreement with the state government’s assertion that the CAA “will not impact the state of Nagaland whatsoever as areas that falls under the Inner Line Permit notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 will be outside the Act’s purview”.
The NSF also declared that it will continue to fight against the “unconstitutional” Act along with its partner organisations in whatever way possible until the “desired result” was achieved in the larger interest of general public.
The NSF appealed to the chief minister to place the issue of CAA on the floor of the house for thorough deliberation along with all the elected members and thereafter adopt a firm resolution denouncing the law “which threatens to annihilate the unique culture, traditions, customs and practices, language of the Naga people”.
The NSF that the voices and aspirations of the Naga students and youths are strongly of the opinion that the members of the house will do whatever necessary to protect and uphold the interest of those who will inherit the future and that the adoption of the resolution been proposed by the NSF will go a long way in reaffirming this conviction, said the memorandum.