Kohima, Nov. 22: The Naga Hoho has dubbed the recently formed anti-tax organisation, the Naga Tribes Council, which was banned by the National Socialist Council of Nagalim(I-M), an “un-mandated” outfit just ahead of its general session.
Strongly reacting to a threat by a section of people led by council member Pious Lotha that they would not allow Naga Hoho, the apex Naga body, to hold its 10th general conference at Wokha town on November 25 and 26, the Hoho warned that it would not tolerate any unwanted situation during the conference.
Vipopal Kintso, a member of the Hoho organising committee, said issuing threat and opposing the conference was uncalled for, adding that in case of any untoward incident the whole responsibility would be borne by those who had issued the threat.
Achumbemo Kikon, former president of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and member of the organising committee, said Hoho being a mature organisation, would not bow down to any threat and intimidation.
He said despite threats and intimidation there would be massive participation from Nagas from all walks of life.
Addressing a news conference this evening, the Hoho members said the council was desperately trying to create problems but they did not directly blame the latter for the threat issued recently.
Vipopal said the council was formed by a section of people for their vested interest and that Naga people do not recognise such outfits.
On criticism against the Hoho by the council, Inaka Assumi, former general secretary of the NSF, insisted that people would be the best judge as the latter was formed recently but Naga Hoho has been there for several years. Therefore, he said, threats from a section of people to the members of the Hoho would have no effect.
He also said the council was formed by just a handful of people with vested interests and not for the people.
Achumbemo said lobbying by members of the council to gain support from the people was an ample example of desperation. He said lobbying to get support of the people indicated that the council does not have the mandate of the people.
Inaka said 22 units of Naga Hoho would attend the conference and of that, 153 delegates would be from Manipur.
He expressed optimism that differences in the organisation, which had cropped up recently, would not affect the Hoho conference.
Asked whether Hoho has been slowly slipping into the hands of the younger generation, Vipopal said Naga society has to evolve and move ahead, keeping in mind the current global scenario.
Achumbemo said, “We should change our thoughts and attitude.” However, he said in the next tenure it would be a mixture of old and young blood and together they have to build Naga society.