Zeliangrong family will remain as it is, says Zeliangrong Baudi AMN

The Zeliangrong Baudi AMN said that the Zeliangrong family is one of the victims of the NSCN (I-M)’s distortion of Naga history as evident by the so-called separate tribe recognition as Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 10 Sep 2020, 1:16 pm

(Representational Image: Pixabay)

(Representational Image: Pixabay)


The NSCN (I-M) is just one of the Naga underground groups; therefore, separate tribe recognition of Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei by the NSCN (I-M) or any other underground groups cannot be binding on the future of Zeliangrong family, stated the office of the Zeliangrong Baudi Assam, Manipur and Nagaland on Thursday.

Underground groups come and go but the Zeliangrong family will remain as it is, stated a release issued by the media and publicity cell, Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCOs). The NSCN (I-M) which enjoyed the support of majority Naga people once upon a time on their claims of ‘uniqueness of Naga history’ has now completely lost the trust and confidence of the Naga people after they distorted the Naga history itself, it stated. The Zeliangrong family is one of the victims of the NSCN (I-M)’s distortion of Naga history as evident by the so-called separate tribe recognition as Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei, it added.

It stated that the Naga civil organisations such as Manipur-based United Naga Council (UNC) and Nagaland-based Naga Hoho (NH) were very powerful bodies once upon a time but now become victims of the Naga political issue after they succumbed to the diktat of the NSCN (I-M). It is unlikely that the UNC and NH will regain its lost image and reputation, it stated.

The love, respect and honour of the Naga people for the UNC and the NH is diminishing day by day; therefore, it cannot be ruled out that these organisations may not face its natural death anytime, it added.

The release also stated that any peoples’ organisations not based on reason, truth, reality and correct history cannot last long is exemplified by the diminishing reputation and image of the UNC and the NH.

Regarding the central government granting separate tribe recognition for Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei, it is well known that the central government will recognise any nomenclature for any tribe if requested for separate tribe nomenclatures recognition, it further stated. 

“It is advised to those individuals of dialectal groups of Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei to be aware of the different nomenclatures given to Zeliangrong tribes in different Indian states. In Assam state of Dima Hasao (North Cachar Hills), we are recognised as Zeme Naga and in Cachar valley known as Hills Tribes in plain. In the state of Manipur, we are recognised as Kabui, Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei, Inpui, and Kacha Naga and in the state of Nagaland, we are recognised as Zeliang tribe,” the release stated. 

The Government of India is not blind to the supreme sacrifice of Haipou Jadonang for the cause of India’s freedom movement from the bondage of British Colonial Rule and the maximum contribution rendered by Rani Gaidinliu during India's freedom movement. Therefore, the government of India will definitely repay for the great injustice done so far to Zeliangrong people, it stated.

Those individuals who claimed to be the leaders of the dialectal groups of Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei or the so called ‘Joint Tribes Council’ will surely come to realise their mistake as soon as the final agreement for the Naga solution is signed and the NSCN (I-M) is absorbed, it further stated.

Zeliangrong Baudi (AMN) stated that as the proverb goes “empty vessels make the most noise” is relevant to dialectal groups i.e. Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei under the platform so called ‘Joint Tribes Council’.

The Zeliangrong Civil Organizations (ZCOs) i.e. Zeliangrong Baudi, Zeliangrong Youth Front and Zeliangrong Students’ Union considering of no worth to react to such unfounded claims of the dialectal groups, have been maintaining silence even though these dialectal groups have been creating so much noise frequently in media just to please somebody who in fact is making fun of them.

Some individuals of these dialectal groups of Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei are too much obsessed with the hope that the NSCN (I-M) may bring stars and moon out of the Naga political issue thereby acting as a ‘mouthpiece’ under the banner of “joint tribe council” and parroting the verse of the NSCN (I-M) and trying to mislead the innocent general public, it stated.

It stated that some individuals of the dialectal groups i.e. Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei are completely unaware that there are tribes who speak different dialects but no dialectal groups of those tribes ever claimed themselves as separate and distinct tribes.

“There are some tribes who are of totally different origin and background unlike Zeliangrong family, yet they do not claim themselves as different people. However, some individuals in the Zeliangrong family are injected with venomous poison as such they are like robots working under the command of electronic devices used by somebody,” it stated.

Some individuals of Zeliangrong family without relying on their background and origin history are claiming that Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei is a distinct tribe after the NSCN (I-M) granted separate tribes recognition, it stated.  “Why should the law abiding citizens uphold the order issued by the underground group?” it added.


First published:10 Sep 2020, 1:16 pm


IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur

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