Kohima, Feb 9,
The Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has urged the state government to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the State Assembly Session and claimed that Article 371 (A) will not able to protect the state from the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). Ina representation addressed to the chief secretary, the Central Executive Council of NUTA president Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu and secretary general Prof. D Kuolie stated that CAB is logically an amendment of the ‘Passport (Entry into India)’ for a uniform code of rule in the country. It is a ‘semantic shift’ intending to have a more forceful impact in the implementation pact.
The association pointed out that Nagaland is protected by the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India but its specification/provision has been clearly stated. Nagas will, thereby, automatically fall within the concept/term of ‘Indian national’ which Naga political history has not demanded till date, it said. The teachers added that if CAB becomes a law of the nation, the standing protective law mentioned above for the Nagas, will summarily be overruled, or become secondary because of the fact that CAB contains no provision to safeguard ILP or Article 371 (A).
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