The Nagaland Civic polls have taken an interesting turn today as major citize groups have vowed to boycott the polls as the State Government has given 33% reseration to women in the seats for the civic polls. Various ethnic groups, like the Ao Tribe, have released statements that prohibit anyone from participating in the civic polls in any manner. They have said that anyone participating in the polls will be questioned and appropriately punished. Protestors and members of these groups have said that they are ready to face any conseuence to enforce these orders issued by their leaders.
The Article 371 A under the Indian Constitution allows people of Nagaland to frame their own laws, but the Naga Mothers Association petitioned the Supreme Court without discussing anything with the Naga people. The Naga people do not have any problem with women taking up leadership, but they have gone ahead and without consulting other civil society groups. The association also convinced the Government to implement this reservation, and the Government did this without consulting or speaking with anyone. This is the reason for the Naga people to be upset with the reservation.
The ham handed approach is what has hurt the people. By implementing this order, it is as though that just the Naga Mothers Association represent the Naga people.
However, some people claimed that women are not given the same status in the Nagaland. Women are not consulted in any place and they don’t usually contribute in this process unless called and asked to do so. Interestingly, the Nagaland State Assembly does not have a single woman legislator. Nagaland has also given 25% reservation for women in Village Development Boards.