Kohima: Nagaland’s Rising People’s Party (RPP) on Monday urged the state government to revoke the appointment of one Abdul Kayum Talukdar from the position of Gaon Bura of New Market in Dimapur.
Gaon Buras are village headmen who act as custodians of the Naga customary laws and practices in the villages.
“That a non-indigenous person of doubtful ancestry can be appointed as a Gaon Bura (GB) is nothing short of outrage. The state government should immediately revoke the appointment of one as GB of New Market, Dimapur, now in the eye of a storm for his alleged involvement in an issue where Naga patta holders were apparently threatened in Assam. His appointment is illegal and an insult to all Nagas,” the RPP said through an official release.
The RPP’s message, it stated, is clear that “There can be no ‘miya’ GB in the state”.
At a time when illegal immigration of IBIs into the state is a time bomb posing the greatest threat to Naga identity, the party said that Talukdars being conferred as GB is a direct threat to the Naga identity.
“Unless the state government revokes his appointment it can be safely assumed that the government is directly responsible for facilitating illegal immigration into the state. As a GB, Talukdar is empowered to issue Residential Proof Certificates (RPC) and it’s everyone’s guess as to how many RPCs he may have issued thus far to people of doubtful ancestry,” the party said.
It urged the district administration of Dimapur to check all the RPCs issued by Talukdar since his GBship, and declare such as null and void and thereafter cancel all the subsequent birth certificates, driving licenses, and trade licenses issued to such persons with immediate effect.
“The question in everyone’s mind is who or which authority directed the appointment of Talukdar? The Commissioner, Nagaland, should furnish answers to the Naga people,” the party said.
According to the party, the various GB associations, who acts as custodians of Naga customary laws and tradition, should remove Talukdar from their union membership, and also prevail upon the state government to revoke his appointment.
Over the past four years, EastMojo revolutionised the coverage of Northeast India through our sharp, impactful, and unbiased coverage. And we are not saying this: you, our readers, say so about us. Thanks to you, we have become Northeast India’s largest, independent, multimedia digital news platform.
Now, we need your help to sustain what you started.
We are fiercely protective of our ‘independent’ status and would like to remain so: it helps us provide quality journalism free from biases and agendas. From travelling to the remotest regions to cover various issues to paying local reporters honest wages to encourage them, we spend our money on where it matters.
Now, we seek your support in remaining truly independent, unbiased, and objective. We want to show the world that it is possible to cover issues that matter to the people without asking for corporate and/or government support. We can do it without them; we cannot do it without you.
Support independent journalism, subscribe to EastMojo.
“The people of Karbi Anglong should also realise that both Nagas and Karbis have a common enemy. The Assam government’s insidious policy of pushing and encouraging settlement of IBIs in Nagaland border areas is not only detrimental to the Nagas but the indigenous population of Karbi Anglong as well,” said the RPP.
The RPP strongly appealed to both the KAAC and the Nagaland government to jointly tackle the issue before it’s too late.
“There can be no compromise on this issue. The RPP, as a regional party formed to protect the interests of Nagaland will leave no stone unturned to pursue the case till Talukdar is removed as GB,” it added.
- Mizoram Election Results 2023: LIVE Blog
- Meghalaya: Hills Festival 2023 wraps up with eclectic cultural celebrations
- It is time we discussed the impending Deepfake apocalypse
- Sikkim flood: Govt begins process of issuing death certificates for missing persons
- Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival to begin on Dec 14: See details here
- Nagaland: Pastor arrested in ‘Mystery Box’ scam