Correspondent DIMAPUR, Jan 18 - Nagaland Against CAA, a movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act led by the Naga public, took out a protest rally at Supermarket here, demanding the repeal of the Act.
Students at the protest rally against CAA in Dimapur on Saturday. – Photo: Bhadra Gogoi
Speakers at the rally raised concerns over the possibility of indigenous people getting demographically marginalised by illegal immigrants from outside the country due to the Act.
Nagaland has been excluded from the purview of the CAA because of the inner line permit (ILP) in force in the State. Dimapur district, which was earlier not under the ILP regime, was brought under the system on December 10 last year, a day before the CAA was passed in Parliament.
Amid speeches by student leaders and civil society members, songs, skits and on-the-spot painting competitions on anti-CAA themes were held during the rally. The rallyists, mostly college students, held placards which read “We stand united against CAA”, “My stand against CAA”, “Modiji aapka CAA unsecular”, etc.
A representative of the Dimapur Gaonbura (village chiefs) Federation categorically stated that the Nagas would not allow a single foreigner to settle on their soil. A leader of the Nagaland University Students’ Union (Lumami campus) said Nagaland University students are against the CAA.
The Tenymi Students’ Union, Dimapur, described the CAA as an “organized crime”. Nagaland University Students’ Union (Kohima campus) called the Act a “silent bomb which may explode at any time”. It said Assam is like the mother of the North East. “If Assam goes, the whole North East will go,” he said. It also sought to know how the Assam Accord and the CAA on the same issue of illegal immigrants can be implemented at the same time.
A representative of the North East Indigenous Citizens’ Forum, Nagaland, accused the Narendra Modi Government of dividing India by bringing in the CAA. He said the CAA was a real threat to the indigenous people of the North East, and that it would reduce them to a minority in their own land.