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‘Nagas helping one another at home, around the world’
Published on 27 Apr. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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As an international Naga community away from the homeland, the Overseas Naga Association (ONA) putting across their vision, believed in Nagas helping one another at home and around the world with an aim to complement and strengthen the existing Naga associations in various countries by offering members a common global link and forum. President, ONA Visier Sanyü and secretary general, ONA Paul Pimomo in a press communiqué stated the ONA looked for providing opportunities for collaboration and understanding across national borders and to strengthen ties with public back home. Being a non-profit organization, the ONA has called upon persons of Naga descent and their families living outside the Indian subcontinent to join the association. The objective of ONA encompasses promoting community links and understanding among the Naga global Diaspora, and to work for the common good and unity of all Nagas back home irrespective of political and ideological differences, providing the younger Naga generations living abroad with opportunities to interact with each other and with their counterparts in the homeland through well-organized programs, such as “Journey to my Heritage” during festivals, visits to Naga villages, workshops on cultures, cultural immersion experience, running Naga stores and stalls overseas, setting up and running twin think-tanks (one composed of overseas Nagas and one in the homeland) whose function would be to brainstorm ideas and help implement programs aimed at improving the Naga society in all areas of knowledge, as well as material progress so Nagas could become competitive people in the fast changing world of the 21st century, collaborate with educational institutions in the homeland and around the world on projects and programs for improving student learning and experience in professional work that will make students competitive with their peers in the rest of the world, making available a team of experts with experience in various fields that any chief minister of Nagaland and the administration could seek advice from and to organize conferences, summits both in the homeland and in different countries, to celebrate common Naga heritage and share ideas on specific timely issues as well as broad themes that need addressing.

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