The Nagaland Rebels is a coalition of rebel groups operating in
Nagaland, northeastern India. The largest of these is the National
Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), which is fighting
for the establishment of a “Nagaland for Christ”. The NSCN-IM
have carried out numerous acts of terrorism against the Indian Army,
other ethnic groups, and opponents within their own ethnic group.
The insurgency has been waged since the 1947 Indian declaration of
independence, and has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.
Baruah writes that “Christianity is an essential part of Naga
identity”; the NSCN-IM estimate that 95% of Nagas are Christian.
According to Gordon Means “the religious issue cannot be overlooked…
A great number of Nagas are Christians… the Naga Federal Government
(NFG) could play upon the fear of many Nagas that within the Indian
Union the religious freedom of a small Christian minority would be
compromised. An independence movement that can cloak itself in the
garb of both nationalism and religious righteousness has an initial
advantage. And there can be no doubt that the rebel Nagas are a
sincerely pious lot. By all accounts, hymn singing and prayers
constitute an important part of their daily routine in their jungle
hide-outs. The vice-president of the NFG, Mr. Mhiasiu, was a preacher
before joining the underground. Serving as chaplains for the Home
Guards are many Baptist ministers.”
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