Delegates from Myanmar-based Eastern Naga Students’Association (ENSA) also participated in the conclave Credit: File image

Senapati: Naga students’ organisations have expressed confidence that people of the ethnic group living across the country and in neighbouring Myanmar will come to live under one administrative unit in the near future.

This was decided during a recently-concluded ‘Conclave on Naga Journey’, a three-day event organised by the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) at Kaomei village in the Senapati district of Manipur.

Addressing a mammoth gathering, Guwang Hakung, president of the Arunachal Pradesh Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF) narrated on the hardships faced by the Nagas in that state. The ANSF president, however, expressed hope that the Nagas will overcome all obstacles someday. He then harped on the need more extensive co-operation among the Nagas.

Delegates from Myanmar-based Eastern Naga Students’ Association (ENSA) also participated in the conclave.

Speaking on the occasion, Reego Shonshei, president of ENSA, expressed on how the Nagas in Myanmar have been longing to live under one administrative umbrella of the Naga people. He also narrated the plights of the Naga people in the country. According to him, the authorities of Myanmar have been giving immense hardships to the Naga people in Myanmar. Shonshei also explained various reasons as to why the Nagas have not been treated well in that country.

Also addressing the people, Kanti, president of the Rengma Naga Students’ Union (RNSU), Karbi Anglong, Assam dwelt on the history of Rengma people in Assam. He also told the gathering on the present state of affairs of the Rengma Nagas in the state.

On the occasion, Vareiyo Shatsang, president of the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) presented a paper on ‘Position of the tribals in Manipur’. L Adani, former president of the United Naga Council (UNC), presented a paper entitled, ‘Understanding our neighbours’, while senior advocate Daniel Ramsan presented a paper on ‘Impacts and challenges of the Manipur People Bill, 2018’.

On the concluding session, various Naga leaders including K S Paul Leo, former president of UNC, G Vashum, former speaker of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Ashinpou Gangmei, chairman of Committee for Alternative Arrangement (CFAA-UNC), Grace Shatsang, former president of Naga Women Union (NWU), Dr Gina Shangkham, first president of NWU and former convenor of Naga People’s Movement for Humn Rights-South (NPMHR-S) and Artax A Shimray, former president of ANSAM shared their views.

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