Following a general meeting of the Rengma Hoho, the Rengma Nagas predominantly settled in Tseminyu, appealed to the state government to upgrade the Tseminyu sub-division under Kohima district, to that of a district.
Reaffirming its decision to vigorously pursue the up-gradation of the sub-division to that of a District of its own, its President Pollem Tep and general secretary Sinhilo Thongseb said that the Rengmas are a distinct tribe with a unique historical identity and rich cultural heritage with its own clearly demarcated ancestral land.
“The Rengmas Nagas have always remained steadfast in upholding the Nagas identity and have equally contributed sincerely towards the Naga political movement, which eventually resulted in the fruition of Nagaland Statehood and beyond. However, the Rengma Tribe which was among the first five recognized tribes of Nagaland is still under the administrative unit of the Tseminyu Subdivision while all the other tribes have attained recognition of having their own districts,” the Rengma Hoho said.
The Rengmas Hoho reiterated the Rengma people’s genuine aspirations and legitimate right to “claim, safeguard and promote its interests and to enjoy equal recognition and privileges of having a district exclusively for the Rengma people”.
Based on this “justified rationale” and the tribe’s unique identity and history, it made the appeal to the state government for immediate up-gradation of the Tseminyu Sub-Division to a district on priority.
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