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By Mark Haokip
In politics everything is possible but in the context of Naga Nationalism, the initiative taken by the Govt. of India is totally wrong and crossing the limits. The pragmatic arrangements for the Naga political solution undertaken by the Government of India over Kukiland are directly close to a terrorist culture. As such, GoI should not trample the rights of the Kuki Nation under such an unbearable political atrocity.
Kukiland is an internationally recognized living heritage for the Kukis during the regime of the colonial power. The historical and Linguistics demarcated Kuki Country/Independent Hill Country cannot demolish this way. So, India needs to stop using its own designed political forces in the guise of Naga Nationalism to thief the internationally recognised historical and linguistic demarcated Kukiland before it is too late.
The Kuki nationalism was historically more advanced than the birth of Indian nationalism. In protection of the sovereignty of Kukiland, the exact figures of 158 years had been used up by the Kukis in a defensive war against the British. Any scholar, journalist or government who doesn’t believe the history of Kukiland may directly or indirectly approach the British government. So, India needs to draw the lines of mutual respect and understanding between Kukiland and India.
Kukis are still not Indian, nor Myanmarese and Bangladeshi. We are separate national and a good neighbour to all of them. We are artificial Indian national under the roof of World’s most hated Neo-Colonialism culture incurred on us by India, Myanmar (Burma) and later Bangladesh.
Kukiland is recorded as follows in the Linguistic Survey of India (1904), vol.iii, part iii:
(Grierson, GA (1904) ‘Linguistic Survey of India,’ Vol 111, Part 111) and ‘The Encyclopaedia Britannica” (1962, vol xiii, pp511) records the Kukis inhabited both sides of the mountains dividing :
(1) Assam and Bengal from Burma, South of the Namtaleik River.
(2) Grierson (1904) marks out: The territories inhabited by the Kuki tribes extends from the Naga Hills in the north down into the Sandoway District of Burma in the south, from Myittha River in the east. Almost to the Bay of Bengal in the west. It is almost entirely filled up by hills and mountain ridges, separated by deep valleys. The elevation of the highest point increases towards the east, from about 3,000 feet in the Garo Hills to 8,000 and 9,000 in the region of Manipur. This chain merges, in the east into the spurs, from which the Himalayas shoot out from the north of Assam towards the south. From here, a great mass of mountain ridges starts southwards, enclosing the alluvial valley of Manipur, and thence spreads out westward to the South of Sylhet. It then runs almost due north and south, with cross-ridges of smaller elevation, through the districts known as Chin Hills, Lushai Hills, Hill Tipperah, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. South, the mountainous region continues, through the Arakan Hill Tracts, and the Arakan Yoma, until it finally sinks into the sea at Cape Negrais. The total length of the range being some seven hundred miles.
The above geographical illustration had been demarcated under historical and linguistics connection and which had already been given the Kukis to restore Kukiland under international level political diplomacy. And no one is qualified to break historical and linguistic demarcation because it contains ample rights to restore sovereignty. So, respect and preserve the rights of the Kuki people and their land.
Published by Mark Haokip