SHILLONG: The Hynñiewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF) has expressed their gratitude to the MLA of Laitumkhrah constituency for his commitment to raise the history of the indigenous people of the State on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.
“We also urge the other members of the House to consider this matter as of prime importance. The government must also reconsider its denial to constitute a committee to go through the matter which Ampareen Lyngdoh had brought to the notice of the House, because if the contents of the ‘Instrument of Accession’ (IOA) and the ‘Annexed Agreement’ are materialised in the Constitutional provisions like Article 371 it by itself will raise the constitutional status of the Legislative Assembly of the State,” HNYF secretary Sadon Kupar Blah said.
He further said that as a reminder to the Indian nation, the HNYF would like to point out that as the people of Hynñiewtrep have not signed any instrument of merger with the Indian union but we became part and parcel of India through the Instrument of Accession with the belief that the Indian government will accept our accession to the union on the condition of the Annexed Agreement which clearly states that the legislative domain of the Government of India will cover only Defence, Currency and Communication.
He added that the ‘Instrument of Accession’ was the interim arrangement for a period of two years, that is, as per the ‘Standstill Agreement’; but before the lapse of the interim period, in the name of national integration our land was annexed by totally violating all the terms and conditions of the IOA which includes the ‘Annexed Agreement’ and the ‘Standstill Agreement’.
“Hence as a State of the indigenous peoples we strongly look forward that we must have a special constitutional status in the form of Art 371 so that we can have a better constitutional protections with regards to our land, raw materials, identity and long-term rights and survival as indigenous people in the challenging circumstances of CAB and NRC,” he added.
He further stated, “On this note we hope that our public representatives and the public at large will seriously ponder upon what Ampareen Lyngdoh has thrown open in the constitutional and public domain of our historical document, that is, the IOA.”