Kohima, Oct. 6: The formation of Nagaland Tribes Council was unlikely to be a threat to Naga Hoho as the former has been in trouble from day one.
However the Naga Hoho, the apex Naga organisation, was slightly worried that the formation of the organisation at this juncture would create more divisions in Naga society which is currently engaged in a peace process with the Union government to resolve the more than 60-year-old Naga political problem.
“This would create more divisions in Naga society,” said Hoho president Kevilietuo Kiewhuo. He, however, said the council should not have any impact on the Hoho.
Some members of the newly formed council were critical of the functioning of the Naga Hoho. Their argument was that Hoho was more concerned with the affairs of Nagas of other states than those of Nagaland. In the same vein, some Naga militant outfits have accused the Naga Hoho of having a nexus with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah.
They said the Hoho was more concerned with Nagas of Manipur. The Hoho leaders had denied the charges.
Naga outfits had alleged that Naga apex organisations like Naga Hoho, Naga Students’ Federation, Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights and others of being too supportive of the NSCN (I-M).
The council will be formally launched on October 12 from Kohima.
But the biggest hurdle before the council is that some tribes are either unwilling to join the new group or yet to decide.
The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), which covers four backward districts — Tuensang, Kiphire, Longleng and Mon — has tabled a condition before the council leaders before joining. The ENPO said it could join the council only if the council members support its demand for separate “Frontier Nagaland” state, which has been rejected by the Centre and the state government.
ENPO sources said they were yet undecided whether to join the council. The ENPO is not affiliated to Naga Hoho on the ground that the latter was more concerned with Nagas of other states. The council’s convener, Pius Lotha, said they have no hidden agenda behind floating a new organisation but they would work for welfare of Nagas of the state and to protect Article 371 (A) of the Constitution, which has given ample opportunities to Nagas of Nagaland over land and resources, besides customary practices and tradition.