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Discourse on issues confronting Nagas held

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Dec 7, (NPN)
Published on 7 Dec. 2017 11:43 PM IST
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With the objective of deliberating on issues confronting the state and its people and to explore the remedies, an open discourse titled, “The Debate” was held at the Don Bosco School Hall Dimapur, Thursday.
Around one hundred people turned up for the event that dragged on for almost five hours wherein anyone interested to share their views were given time by the organisers.
Among the speakers listed were Thepfulhouvi Solo, Khekiye K. Sema, Kaka D. Iralu, who spoke about their perspectives on the prevailing situation. 
Khekiye Sema who has become an activist after retirement spoke about current issues. He said that people had become indifferent to so many issues, mainly corruption. He said that every individual’s thought processes from “who we were”, “who we are now” and “who we could become” would be important for the reformation. He added what was important was that was road map should be initiated by a group of concerned people for the future ahead of us. 
He further added that Nagas have sold themselves and that they have forgotten all the good principles and characters that their forefathers had, one of which was the word of honour where their “die trying” personality was exhibited. Khekiye said Nagaland requires a system that was transparent and accountable and added that there the people are all equally capable and that all one needed was an opportunity and the kind of infrastructure that would help the generation compete intelligently.
However as his talk progressed and strayed into the realm of politics, some of the speakers and organisers advised him against it and probably as he felt stifled, Khekiye walked out. 
Speaking on a chart presented during the meeting, T. Solo said that even after the Indian army had left, there was still a fear psychosis among the younger generation because of the existence of the underground, “particularly from the NSCN (I-M)”. “I feel sad that many of you younger boys and girls were brought up with that fear”, he said.
While speaking about corruption, he held that even some church leaders were involved in it unconsciously for the pursuit of earthly possessions. 
He further said that the road to progress for Nagaland would prevail only if corruption was eliminated.
By the end of the discourse and after back-to-back deliberations with the people present, it was decided that a collective of individuals would voluntarily come together as a team would brainstorm actions for a reformation with a solid methodology including scholars, visionaries and learned people from various professions.
Earlier, Kaka Zhimomi and Banuo Haralu moderated the meeting, while youth pastor DABA, Toshi Longkumer pronounced invocation.

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