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Tenyimi should show the way of peace: TR
Correspondent, MARAM (SENAPATI), Nov 6:
Published on 7 Nov. 2008 12:29 AM IST
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Minister for planning and coordination, T.R. Zeliang said Tenyimi leaders of yesteryears were the first to wake up among Nagas to give a concept of politics to the Nagas, and “now is the time for Tenyimi leadership to show the way of peace and non-violence”. He was addressing Tenyimi leaders at 16th Tenyimi Central Union (TCU) general conference held at Maram Khullen village, Manipur Wednesday. “Tenyimi leaders of yesteryears had gone all nooks and corners of the Naga country and gave vision to the Nagas that self-determination was an inalienable right of our people. But unfortunately the Naga people have become a divided house today with a lot of misunderstanding,” the minister said. Highlighting the genealogical identity of Tenyimi, Zeliang said “Tenyimi roots are deeply embedded that no Tenyimi could pretend to be stranger or non-Tenyimi,” adding that common roots continue to bind Tenyimi and despite being separated by imaginary lines, Tenyimi remained emotionally integrated as one people of same brotherhood. Earlier, in the first session, president TCU, Z. M. Sekhose in his presidential speech clarified that TCU was not formed by some likeminded organizations “in the same way other NGOs were formed, but, whosoever forefathers assembled and dispersed from Makhrie (Mao), Mekhro (Tenyidie), Makhel (Meitie) to various directions are called Tenyimi”. “Tenyimi is a big family as one of the highest social institutions of the Nagas, next to Naga Hoho”, he said adding “Tenyimi are from the same ancestral stock, and the same ancestral blood flows in the veins of all the ten fraternal/communities of Tenyimi people.” On the development of Tenyimi language – ‘Tenyidie’, he called upon the Tenyimi to remain united, integrated and extend full support to Ura academy for development of Tenyidie language…this will help the growth of Tenyidie language and also do away with the wrong conception that Tenyidie is no other than Angami dialect”, he added. He also said that the TCU has been burdened about the Naga destiny, “Our elders had sowed the seed and we cannot remain complacent about our field and the harvest” and expressed concerned about the prevailing situation of the Naga society plagued by groupism and factional fighting which he said were self-destructive. Meanwhile, TCU elected its new team of office bearers for the tenure of 2008-2012. The new team would be headed by Z.M. Sekhose, former general secretary; Keku Zeliang as vice president, Vilahü puro as treasurer and P.Sani, Rosiepa and Isaha Nandu as secretaries.

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