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Rio urges muslims to cooperate
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Jul. 2009 1:16 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio urged the Muslim community and all other communities in Dimapur to cooperate with each other and the government to bring about peace, development and progress in Dimapur and the entire state. With the business community in Dimapur, the commercial hub of the state, mostly dominated by the Muslim community, Rio also urged the particular community to cooperate with the local people and the government to make Dimapur economically stronger which would subsequently help develop the entire state. Addressing the felicitation programme for the successful students of HSLC and HSSLC examinations organized by the Muslim Council Dimapur (MCD) at Holy Cross School auditorium on Sunday, Rio spoke about the Naga culture and opportunities for boys and girls. According to the chief minister, Naga people were open minded and have respect for both boys and girls and look for giving equal rights and opportunities to both the genders. He said girls and boys could together bring development in the state and that there should not be difference between them. Instead, they should be given equal rights and opportunities, he said. He appealed to the Muslim community not to regard themselves as educationally backward and mentioned the names of former president of India, Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam Azad and the present vice president of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. Rio encouraged the Muslim community to think high and come out of the “orthodox” thinking and not to isolate themselves but rather mix with the society and advance their thoughts. He said that the Muslim boys and girls should be allowed to go to secular schools and be allowed to mix with the society in order to learn more about other religions which would help in maintaining peace and development in the state. The chief minister welcomed them to spread their culture by participating in the Hornbill festival. Stating that Nagaland was a secular state, Rio pointed out that the state has never seen or faced communal riot which he remarked was a blessing. He said Nagaland which has people of every religion, caste, creed and colour has set an example for the entire nation when communal riots were being be witnessed in some parts of the country. He asserted that the state has never witnessed such communal riots as the different people has respect for each other. Talking about language, Neiphiu Rio said that attention should be paid towards learning English language as it was largely communicable and also the base for job opportunities. Lamenting on insurgencies and anti-social elements taking place in the state, the chief minister urged the public to stay together, maintain communal harmony and support the government and administration to make Nagaland a beautiful place to live in. Congratulating the successful students of HSLC and HSSLC examinations from Muslim community, Rio urged them to maintain the trend and to be more career focused as students were the future leaders of the society who could help in bringing about development, peace and progress. He appealed the parents to help their children in choosing their career and to focus more on education, saying that education was the foundation of development. Economic advisor to the UNO on South East Asia Affairs, Dr. Baharul Islam, who was the special guest said it was time to bring information technology in the state and think about globalization, explore skill and potentiality of Nagaland in the international global market and make the state a geo-politically economically stronger. Also speaking on the occasion, NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu appealed to all to promote love, peace and harmony in the state. (Contd on page 2) He said the young generation should learn to challenge corruption, politics and communalism. “All should respect freedom of expression, speech and promote culture and value religion and try to make our society a vibrant democratic society,” he said. Rio urges Muslims to co-operate with locals, govt (From page 1) This year, the Muslim council felicitated 40 successful students and two teachers. The awards included a cash award of Rs. 300 each to students securing above 60%, Rs. 2000 for securing highest mark in Nagaland in HSLC examination and Rs. 5000 for securing highest mark in Nagaland in HSSLC examination and other awards. The function was attended by all sections of the Muslim community including women and also people from other community. MCD also forwarded a proposal to government for setting up a school which the chief minister assured to look into the matter. Invocation was pronounced by Mufti Maulana Abdul Muktadir Sb, Principal Idgah Madrassa Dimapur; recitation by student of Idgah Madrassa; welcome speech by A. Hadi Tapadar, advisor MCD; speech by A. Hannan Tapader, president MCD and vote of thanks by A. Rahman, working president MCD.

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