The seven days state level National Integration Camp (NIC) organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Nagaland concluded with Vikho Yhoshu, MLA and Advisor IT & TE, S&T as chief guest on Monday.
Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan who earlier consented to grace the occasion but could not turn up due to official engagement, had sent a message which was read by secretary to governor, Abhijit Sinha.
The governor’s message said the National Integration Camp (NIC) was a nice and laudable effort for strengthening bonds that connected the youth of the country being the most vibrant and dynamic section of the society.
The governor also expressed joy to see young people from different parts of the country coming together and getting an opportunity to observe each others cultures, customs and traditions, thereby leading to a better understanding of one another.
He reminded that India was blessed not only with a great size and geographical area but also termed the population of the country as “amazing mosaic of cultures, languages and customs”.
Conveying a message from the governor, the secretary mentioned that “One is made acutely aware of a deep undercurrent of oneness throughout the country. One can not help but become conscious of the fact that irrespective of where comes from, or what his identity is; we all share a common heritage”.
The messages further said that if one tried to intensely and sincerely look beyond his own region or identity into other regions and cultures there exists a subtle all pervading unifying force in this vast and rich diversity, a force which each one of us always felt, constituting the very basis of National Integration.
The message further stated the nation faced many challenges which included both external and internal and expressed pain that often people failed to grasp the basic underlying unity existing amongst us all throughout, and create divisions on grounds of religion, language, caste, region and other identities, which hurt the common legacy and heritage that has been inherited and which all should be proud of, but also weakens the nation.
Reminding that apprehensions and mistrust of a different culture or community many a times stemmed from ignorance about others the message went on to say that differences melt away on interaction, learning and observing other communities.
Local MLA and advisor IT & TE, S&T Vikho-o Yhoshu, in his speech paid respect to the visionary leaders of India who conceived the conduct of NICs with great hope and expectation and stated their venture had not gone in vain.
He also reminded the participants that they were trained to work and contribute for national development and were ambassadors of the country for a better tomorrow.
Further, he called upon the participants to make a difference where ever they are and said the future depended on what type of citizens they would become and the type of leadership they would provide when the times came.
Earlier, John Makhabo, district youth coordinator, NYK delivered the welcome address, camp report was read out by George Richa while Ruokuovikho Chale proposed the vote of thanks. Altogether, 100 participants from five different states of the country including Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Meghalaya and the host state Nagaland took part in the camp.
Certificates of participations and prizes for winners of quiz, essay and debate competitions held during the camp were handed over by the guest of honour during the closing ceremony.
Cultural items from all the four visiting participating states were presented during the closing function.