Kukis recall and pledge to move ahead on Black Day

IMP/KPI/MOREH, September 13 2017: Kuki people across the State today observed Black Day (Sahnit Ni) to mourn and condole the victims who lost their lives at the hand of alleged Naga militants in the 1990s . Moreh based Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Kuki Chiefs’ Association, MYC, KSO, KWUHR today jointly organised Kuki Black Day observance […]

IMP/KPI/MOREH, September 13 2017: Kuki people across the State today observed Black Day (Sahnit Ni) to mourn and condole the victims who lost their lives at the hand of alleged Naga militants in the 1990s . Moreh based Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Kuki Chiefs’ Association, MYC, KSO, KWUHR today jointly organised Kuki Black Day observance […]

The Kukis’ perspective on Black Day, the 13th September

Is 13 Sept, SAHNIT NI or Kuki Black day, black only for the Kukis and not for his two other brethren communities in Manipur? It is to the Kukis the Holocaust that took place in Manipur! And  that it should concern us all as humanity, it is a blot to the land – our blood […]

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Is 13 Sept, SAHNIT NI or Kuki Black day, black only for the Kukis and not for his two other brethren communities in Manipur? It is to the Kukis the Holocaust that took place in Manipur! And  that it should concern us all as humanity, it is a blot to the land – our blood […]

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Kuki Black Day observed at all Kuki inhabited areas

CCpur, Cdl, SH, Tml, Ukl, Sep 13 : As announced earlier, the Kuki Black Day, Sahnit Ni, was observed at all the places inhabited by the Kuki people. Thousands congregated at Churches and held mourning service to offer prayers for the many killed by the…

CCpur, Cdl, SH, Tml, Ukl, Sep 13 : As announced earlier, the Kuki Black Day, Sahnit Ni, was observed at all the places inhabited by the Kuki people. Thousands congregated at Churches and held mourning service to offer prayers for the many killed by the NSCN (IM) in the early 1990s, said Kuki Students’ Organisation (general headquarters) in a statement today.

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Kukis in Delhi observe ‘Kuki Black Day’

PRESS RELEASE
New Delhi, 13th September 2014
Kukis in Delhi observe ‘Kuki Black Day’
The Kuki Students’ Organisation Delhi held a ‘Black Day’ on Saturday at Jantar Mantar. The Day of mass mourning marks the comme…

PRESS RELEASE
New Delhi, 13th September 2014

Kukis in Delhi observe ‘Kuki Black Day’

The Kuki Students’ Organisation Delhi held a ‘Black Day’ on Saturday at Jantar Mantar. The Day of mass mourning marks the commemoration of the inhuman massacre of over 900 innocent Kukis between 1992 and 1996 by the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim(Isaac-Muivah) or more popularly known as NSCN-IM, especially on the September 13, 1993.

While urging the mass of about 1500 from different Kuki communities to not forget the fateful event, Chungkhokai Haokip, President of KSOD said, “We have not been mobilised here to generate hatred in our minds, but to seek justice for the departed souls.”

Speaking on the occassion, senior students and leaders discussed the historical background and the significance of the ‘Black Day’ observation. Amongst the speakers were Pu Sesei Lhungdim, Pu Lamkhotinthang Haokip, Dr. Letkhomang Haokip, Pu Henkholen Chongloi, Dr. Lhunkhothang Guite, Pu Ngamkhothang Haokip, Pu Kaikam Doungel, Pu Letkhotinthang Haokip and Pu Lunjalen Khongsai.

While concluding the mass assembly, Rev. Dr. Paokhosei Kipgen, Pastor of Kuki Worship Service Delhi encouraged the students to maintain peace and indulge in prayers for the departed. “Stay at peace as children of God and you are never denied justice”, he concluded. The assembly ended with a mass prayer and a candle light remembrance to those departed and their families.

Regards,
Thangminlen Singsit
Media Incharge,
Kuki Students’ Organisation Delhi
Mobile: +918285134879

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BACKGROUND:

The Kuki people observed “Black Day” across insurgency-hit Manipur on Sunday to mourn nearly 1,000 people of the community allegedly killed by NSCN (IM) militants during ethnic clashes in the early Nineties.

During the NSCN (I-M) campaign for ethnic cleansing in the hills of Manipur, many innocent Kuki lives had been lost, starting from 1950’s, highly aggravated during 1992-93. Quit Notices were served to Kuki people living peacefully in their villages in all parts of Manipur. The Kukis vacated many of their villages. A Quite Notice was also served to the Kuki people in Zoupi Village, Tamenglong District of Manipur. A deadline was fixed for them before which they had to vacate their village. Thus, the Kuki people unwilling to resist the dictates of the devilish NSCN (I-M) vacated the village before the deadline and move away from the village as a caravan toward Taphou. However, the devils intercepted them on the way, stop them, separated all the man, tight their hands at the back, blindfolded them and started butchering-off their heads (not wanting to spent bullets on them) killing 88 helpless, defenseless man at the spot in broad day light in the sight of their women and children. Another incident on the same day, at Gelnel Village in Sadar Hills District, 13 helpless Kukis were brutally murdered, 4 persons at Santing Village and yet another 3 at Nungthut Village (Tamenglong District). All together the death toll of the day reached 108 on 13th September 1993.

List of Kuki victims killed by NSCN(IM) and Indian Security Forces: http://www.kukiinpimegh.webnode.com/list-of-victims/

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Kuki Black Day and the logic behind Naga Ceasefire Relevance of Mao’s principle in Gandhi’s India

By Haoginlen Chongloi Since its independence, India witnessed some of its glaring features of a democratic set up to the outside world; earning admiration around the world. Some isturbing experience

By Haoginlen Chongloi

Since its independence, India witnessed some of its glaring features of a democratic set up to the outside world; earning admiration around the world. Some isturbing experience like the Gujarat Riots, Blue Star Operation, Anti- Sikh Riots, and the controversy behind the Ayodhya Temple have put its democratic foundation to test. Unbeaten and unshaken by it, India once again disprove the notion of its democratic values as still at infancy.

The projection of India’s maturity, however, is not without question- especially, when it comes to its dealing with the northeastern states and its people. From illegal Bangladeshis in BTAD to Kuki statehood issue in the east, Chakma problems in the south to the frequent provocations made by the China’s PLA, northeast has been continuously in danger of identity crisis, where exertion for control of ‘land’ becomes the bone of every contention. Besides, there are numerous issues still at the court of the centre awaiting state intervention.

The Naga issue is one among many such genuine cases spearheaded by the NSCN-IM. Also acknowledged as the mother of insurgency of the northeast by some writers, NSCN-IM gains huge admiration for gaining international recognition which their other counterparts lacked. However, one mistakes committed on the part of the Naga leadership totally eliminate its vigor to push forward its movement.

It is reported that, on 13 September 1993, unarmed villagers numbering about 104 were waylaid and butchered using spears, daos and other sharp weapons by the NSCN-IM militants in Tamenglong district of Manipur. The villagers, mostly Kukis, were reported to have followed a decree served by the said terrorist organization that they left the villagers by September 15, else face the consequence. Compliance to the ‘Quit Notice’ served seems to have little purpose. Women, children and aged were not spared. Thus NSCN-IM shocked the world.

A movement that fights for ‘rights and dignity’ of mankind have committed the same blunder what is thought as committed to them. Human Right Activist Yambem Laba lamented, ‘The Naga cry against human right abuse perpetrate by the India Army for over Fifty years was completely overshadowed by one incident of Naga atrocity against the Kukis of Joupi village on 13 September 1993.’ Such was the expression on the gravity of massacres carried out to Joupi Villagers.

‘Armed movement’ as espoused by the NSCN-IM is questionable too. According to data provided by US-based Minority At Risk (MAR), NSCN-IM committed altogether 63 raids, ambushes, attacks and other illegal acts starting from 1992 till 1997. Of all events, about 33% of the incidents, accounting 21 were launched against security forces while the innocent public endures almost 70% of the violent acts of the NSCN-IM.

Taken the data of MAR as authentic, approximately 367 lost their lives during the Naga secessionist movement from 1990 till 1997. Of the 367, about 18% of the casualty falls on the state and central security forces, while the remaining 80% which constitutes about 290 souls belongs to the Kuki ethnic group.

However, a more detailed report published by Kuki Movement for Human Rights gives more disturbing picture than the former. From 1990 till the signing of the Indo-Naga ceasefire, 823 innocent Kuki villagers were killed while 239 settlements/villages were turned into ashes leaving lakhs homeless, and thousands left incapacitated to earn their own livelihoods.

Well, to be pragmatic, ‘Why was ceasefire agreement signed?’ with an organization whose target mainly was innocent civilians. By signing an agreement with a banned organization that waged war upon innocent civilians, the Union of India, seemingly, mandates violence upon its citizens as a legitimized means of gaining ones’ political momentum. Thus, centre’s conflict resolution model for the northeast, as applied to the Nagas, may be well attributed to the rise of insurgency and ethic polarization in the northeast. In India’s northeast, Gandhi’s principle of non-violence is yet to gain its relevance in place of Mao’s word- ‘Power comes from the barrel of a gun’.

Numerous bills have been introduced and passed in recent times for the welfare of its citizens. A lot has been talked about transparency and accountability as the main criteria of a democratic life. However, it reliability is always a question where ‘being equal in the eyes of the law’, itself becomes a debate to the stakeholders.

Tribal Kukis has been reeling under continuous subjugation and maladministration since the last many decades. Besides, the NSCN-IM mass killings during the early 1990s have left lakhs still awaiting resettlement and rehabilitation in a dignified manner. The Kukis under the banner of Kuki Inpi (Apex Body of the Kukis) and the Kuki Movement for Human Rights have submitted over 60 memorandums to the Union of India for amicable political settlement. However, democratic means of raising issues have little effect to democratic India. Memorandum submitted to the successive governments of Union of India became of scrap of Paper. Even a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kuki Inpi Manipur was turned down, making it more controversial.

The manner in which the government at the state and at the centre handles the case has left a bold mark on its accountability as a democratic state. For five years long, innocent civilians were forced to endure life at the mercy of the NSCN-IM which otherwise can be termed as a ‘free hand’ given to them.

Surprisingly, banned organization adopting Mao’s strategy in democratic India receives more attention than that of Gandhi’s. With such character, India as a nation founded on the values adopted by Gandhi is questionable. Kuki Black Day, as observed all over India today, is one such parallel principle to that of Gandhi. By being hesitant in recognizing and rewarding his ideas, our survival as a nation ‘India’ will always remains at stake.

(The writer is a PhD candidate, he can be reached at: lienchongloi@gmail.com, the views expressed in the article are his own)