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NSF session to focus on Naga issue
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Apr. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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The 23rd general conference of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) scheduled to be held from April 27 to 30 at Mopungchuket village, Mokokchung is intended to focus on the “Naga struggle” by “forging mutual destiny” and to bring it to a logical end without compromising the principles of Naga nationhood. Briefing presspersons here Friday, NSF president, Imchatoba Imchen; general secretary, Hetoi Chishi and vice president, Charles Lotha, said Naga struggle for nationhood has become an unending journey and added that Nagas need to reassess the idea of struggle and bring a logical end without compromising the basic features of an independent nation. Lamenting that Nagas have been treading the same road for too long without any logical outcome, the federation said that even as the world was advancing rapidly the Naga people were still stuck in the “ancient/ancestor’s” trend of thought that they could live in isolation by claiming “full independence.” They advocated that present generation need to do a thorough reality check and realize that the world has become interdependent and not “fully independent.” The NSF while sensing that time was running “against us”, said Nagas cannot effort to lose even a single moment but put ideas together and to look at what was within the reach and what was attainable at the moment. Underlining that the “unresolved political issue” was “tremendously disturbing” the minds of younger generation, the federation said it was impossible for the youths to develop themselves fully in the midst of conflict situations. Urging upon Nagas to realize and examine the growing strength of India and Myanmar “to whom we are directly concerned with”, the NSF further asked Nagas to accordingly “forge our mutual destiny.” The federation felt that inner differences within the Naga family required an urgent attention of every Naga and needed to sort out without any further procrastination. Observing that there were some forces actively involved in fragmenting the Naga family, the NSF said a practical mechanism needed to be evolved in order to bring all Nagas together. The federation also observed that instead of the Naga political issue occupying centre stage, Nagas have been “unconsciously” pushing inner differences to take the centre stage and overshadowing the main issue for too long. A three-day conference would be graced by state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio as chief guest and Manipur MLA, Morung Makunga as special guest. The state planning board deputy chairman, Neiba Kronu would grace cultural regale as special guest while state home minister would grace the valedictory session on April 30. The highlights of the programme in the conference would interactive session on the conference’s theme “Forging Mutual Destiny” with Baptist High principal, Pfelie Kesiezie as resource persons while former judge of Supreme Court of India, and incumbent UP Human Rights Commission, HK Sema would dwell on “Influx of immigrants vis-à-vis its impact on the socio-economic and identity of the Nagas.” Cultural regale and debate session on “The present educational system is degree oriented,” would also be held at the conference.

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