Kohima: After the NSCN-IM recommended several history books to the Karbi Students’ Association (KSA), the students’ body responded on Monday by questioning if the group has read the books thoroughly before making “baseless allegations”.

“The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) would like to reiterate and lay bare before the NSCN (IM) that we don’t want to enter into a verbal slugfest and bring one another down with an unguarded rhetoric,” said KSA through a statement.

The KSA said that it regards the Rengmas, Dimasas, Kukis, Garos, Khasis, and all scheduled tribes or indigenous inhabitants living in Assam‘s Karbi Anglong as its own. “We don’t count them as immigrants. They are the indigenous inhabitants of Karbi Anglong and they have equal rights like Karbis,” it said.

It also appealed to the leadership of the NSCN (IM) to look after the non-Naga indigenous tribal communities living in Nagaland by ensuring that equal political rights and privileges be provided as enjoyed by the other major Naga tribesmen so that nobody feels “alienated”.

“The majority of Rengmas live in Nagaland, so declaring Tseminyu as the new district of Nagaland would be a step towards honouring our Rengma brothers’ legitimate right. As far as our Rengma brothers in Karbi Anglong are concerned, they are our brothers, and our brotherhood stands through the test of times,” it said.

The student body also said that it will ensure that “no foreign hand could misguide them and destabilise the peaceful co-existence”.

“We will honour all indigenous tribesmen of Karbi Anglong once Karbi Anglong statehood is achieved,” KSA said.

So far, reading of history books is concerned, it said that its history is very clear and can withstand any rigorous scrutiny.

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While saying that the sources which the NSCN-IM compiled are some of the finest sources, it questioned if the group has read them thoroughly and correctly.

“We would like to request the NSCN (IM) leader in charge of this documentation part to reread the entire books again before we show you where you’ve faltered in your reading of history,” it said alleging that the group has “minuscule knowledge” about the history of the Karbis.

“We actually expect more credible information about us from an organization like NSCN (IM), we never expect the result will be this disappointing,” said KSA. It then provided the british account of the travels of the Rengmas citing quotes from: The Rengma Nagas written by JP Mills, MA, Indian Civil Service, Honorary Director of Ethnography Assam in 1936 in Introductory part in page 2 states; “The Lhota Nagas” written by JP Mills, ICS in 1922 in page xiv of the Introduction states; “Travels and Adventures in the Province of Assam” by Major John Butler in 1855 states in page 124.

“These are all just British accounts. If you want, we can supply you more materials about our rich history. So when you quote the sources, kindly them accurately. Misrepresentation of facts will ultimately lead your organization to loss of credibility,” it added.

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