Kukis are observing the Black Day in remembrance of the victims killed during the ethnic clash starting from 1992 to 1997. The Kukis have been terming the ethnic clash as ‘Genocide‘ and have been blaming NSCN IM for it.
What is NSCN IM stand on the Kukis? We came across an old press release and thought of sharing with you all. In response to the press release by one Mr. Sominthang Doungel of the Kuki Inpi of Manipur, the NSCN IM through its MIP had issued a press release dated 27th May 2017 exposing the truth about the Kukis.
Here’s the full press release. The source is given at the bottom.
27th May 2017
The press release issued by Sominthang Doungel of the Kuki Inpi of Manipur is extremely provocative which is completely baseless, hollow and an antithesis against the historical facts of the Nagas. It has barrenly exposed its heinous motives to derail and sabotage the Indo – Naga Political talks.
The Nagas are fully aware of the status of the Kukis who had been living in the Nagas territory in Manipur. At the time when the nomadic Kukis of Manipur are trying to outweigh the land ownerships and historical rights of the Nagas through bogus claims of history and bizarre campaigns perpetuated by the Kuki Inpi, the NSCN cannot remain silent. The history cannot be kept hidden and the truth must prevail over the bogus and fabricated stories of the Kuki Inpi of Manipur. However unpleasant it might sound to the Kukis, the truth must be told loud and clear that, the Kukis of Manipur are aliens and refugees who were given shelters by the Nagas while they were landless and homeless.
During the reign of King Pumzamang of the Burma’s Chin Hills, the Kukis waged wars against the Paites of Myanmar and defeated them in 1850. This victory over the Paites tribe further boosted the notoriety and savagery instincts of the Kukis to such an extent that, they became overambitious and waged another war against another tribe, the Suhtes of Myanmar. However this war brought the Suhtes and the Paites together forming a strong alliance and defeated the Kukis. Following this defeat, the victorious Paites and the Suhtes then relentlessly drove out the Kukis out of Burma. The loosing of this war against the Suhtes and the Paites inflicted heavy toll on the Kukis that further led them into an apocalypse-like fate and situations in Myanmar thereafter. After the Kukis were forced out of Myanmar, they were a lost tribe and wandered in the wilderness till they reached the Naga territory in Manipur in the year 1855.
The Kukis, while seeking for refuge and settlement in Naga ancestral lands in Manipur, they slaughtered Pigs and Cows and treated the Nagas as friendly gestures. They were permitted to settle in the Nagas ancestral lands with the conditions that they shall pay yearly land and house taxes to the Nagas and to maintain peace in the lands. Since 1855 the Kukis of Manipur had continued to co-exist in the ancestral lands of the Nagas up till today for which the present generations of the Kukis in Manipur should be grateful to the Nagas and they should never be misled by few vested interested leaders whose slogans are extremely detrimental to the prevailing peaceful atmospheres and the friendly relationships of the Nagas and Kukis.
After committing crimes after crimes against the peace loving Nagas, it is blasphemous on the part of the Kuki Inpi to accuse and brand the Nagas as culprits. It was the treacherous and savagery natured Kukis of Manipur who had over ambitiously rose against their Naga land owners with arms without any slightest provocations by the Nagas. In the year 1917, the Kukis, with the pretext of fighting the British, waged a deadly war against the Nagas taking them completely by surprise while the Nagas least expected that, the same refugees living in their territory will wage war against them. This war was named Tingtong rih or Haokip rih as this took place during the time of King Tingtong of the Kukis. In this Tingtong war, more than 1000 innocent Nagas were slaughtered by the Kukis.
After more than a century since the Kukis waged war against the Paites and Suhtes in Myanmar in 1850’s, and their war against the Nagas in 1917/Tingtong war, their history of notoriety was repeated when the Kukis again waged war against Nagas during the 1990’s. In 1992, without any provocation by the Nagas, the treacherous Kukis attacked the Nagas once again with their goal to take over Moreh, an important township of the Nagas in Chandel District. The onslaught of the bloodthirsty Kukis, was strongly and effectively responded by the Nagas and the aftermath of the eventuality resulted in the loss of many thousands of Kukis lives. In many instances, during their existence in Nagas territory, the Kukis have tested and had provoked the Nagas beyond the limit of tolerance due to which the Kukis earned themselves fatal consequences in return. The NSCN strongly feels that the Kuki Inpi should not compel to let such nightmares be repeated in future but expect to live in congenial peaceful harmony.
A noted Naga leader, Mr. Rusung Suisa was the first Naga Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha of Indian Union during 1970’s. While he was representing the Hills people of Manipur, he took up in earnestness the problems of the Burmese Chin ethnic Kukis refugees in Manipur with the Govt of India. R. Suisa successfully got gratuitous Refugees Relief Funds for the Kukis of Manipur by virtue of the Kukis being recognized as bona fide refugees. The Refugee Relief Fund was sanctioned by the Finance Ministry of Home affairs GOI, Vide Memo P. 3/9/66 and payment was made to the Kuki refugees through the State Govt. of Manipur Vide. Memo No. 01/R/RFL and the amounts of which were distributed to the Kukis refugees as follows –
- First payment……….22 April, 1957
- Second payment….. 07 July, 1959.
- Third payment………28 February,1966
- Fourth payment….. 18 July, 1968.
Further, the President of the Manipur State Darbar issued by Captain Harvey through an Order No. 11 of 18.8.1931, declared that the Kukis were not permitted the use of Fire Arms due to their Savagery acts being committed against the Nagas and for jeopardizing the peaceful atmospheres in the hilly Naga territory. In the part 2 of the same Order, the Kukis were granted Fire Arms on loan merely for protections against Wild animals only.
The standing Order of the President Manipur State Dabur, TA Sharp in his Order No. 9 of 09.09 1933 declared that the Kukis shall pay annual House tax to the Chief of the Naga Village a sum of Rs.6/ per annum.
The standing Order of the President of Manipur State Dabar TA Sharp in his Order No. 2 of 23.7.1941 declared that, the Kukis shall obtain prior permissions from Naga Village Chief for settlement within Naga territory.
At this most crucial juncture when the Nagas Political issues is at the door step of reaching a solution, it is most unfortunate that, some vested interested Kuki Inpi leaders are making attempts to twist history and mislead the people. The Nagas cannot be represented by refugees to speak on their behalf, especially in context to Naga Political issues. The Kuki Inpi’s expressions and statements are total negations to the sincere efforts of the GOI towards finding a permanent and lasting peace in the North East India. It is in records that, the GOI had paid Refuges Relied Fund to the Kukis of Manipur, under the initiatives of R. Suisa and the Manipur State Govt. which itself speaks volumes about the genesis and true status of the Kukis presently living in the Nagas ancestral lands in Manipur.
The baseless and misleading claims of Sominthang Doungel, Chairman, Political Affairs Committee of the Kuki Inpi of Manipur stating that the “Nagas were subject under the Kukis Chieftainship for centuries living in the ancestral land of the Kukis” is too cheap a propaganda and makes himself a laughing stock. Such false claims are a mere figment of his imaginations and a blatant attempt to distort the historical facts. These few leaders of the Kuki Inpi are guided by vested interests at the time when the larger populace of the Kukis of Manipur think otherwise and wishes to uphold the age old friendly and peaceful relationships with the Naga landowners.
The signing of the historic 3 August Framework Agreement between the Nagas and the GOI has recognized the unique History and situations of the Nagas and finding the Political solution is to benefit all concerns. In such circumstances, the Kuki Inpi will do best if it refrains from sounding more war cry to invite more spillage of blood and safeguard the peaceful relationships. It must not be forgotten that, the prevailing peace was hard earned and so also it will be very costly in the event the same is jeopardized. It will also be good to know if Sominthang Doungel owns responsibility to his statements or deny it. The Kuki Inpi of Manipur will be utterly wrong if they repeat their past mistakes they committed against the Nagas as the Naga people will not be mere sitting ducks.
The NSCN hopes that, the Kukis in general will apply their common senses that, the likes of Sominthang Doungel do not come in the ways of the good relationships of the Nagas and Kukis so as to strengthen the bonds of peaceful co-existence of the Nagas and Kukis and usher in a new peaceful and progressive era after the Indo-Naga Political issue is amicably and honourably settled.
The NSCN sincerely appeal to the Kuki masses not to blindly follow such vested interested leaders as these leaders are sharply deviating away from the path of peaceful co-existence. The Nagas and the NSCN firmly believes in the peaceful co-existence under the ambit of Nagalim.