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Redefine freedom: Imchen

Home Minister Imkong L Imchen (right) and Addl CS Alemtemshi Jamir at the State Academy Hall, Saturday. (NP)
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Published on 30 Aug. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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The ongoing political talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) was not within the purview of the constitution of India and any point agreed upon between the two entities should also be outside the constitution of India, said Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen. He said this while addressing the 33rd annual Conference cum Freshers’ meet cum 78th Death anniversary of Pou Jadonang which was held at the State Academy Hall,here today. Stating that since the talks were outside the ambit of the constitution, any agreement between the two sides would later have to be inculcated by an amendment of the constitution of India, said Imchen. According to the home minister, the constitution was flexible as it had undergone as many as 102 amendments. Terming it as misnomer the frequent utterances by the Indian leaders that any solution to the Naga political problem would have to be within the constitution of India, Imchen alleged that the leaders were only saying so in order to mislead the people. However, he opined that ‘independence’ had to be properly defined as Nagas lacked proper understanding of its definition. “What are the areas we want Independence should be well defined”. Imchen also said that Naga have not lost sight of the Naga political agenda but it remained as agenda number one for which it was being pursued. He said though a light is seen at the other end of the tunnel, but when it is entered, the world becomes darker. Even if one is at the top of Mount Everest, there is still the stars, moon and the universe that overshadowed it , he said while stressing on the need for students to widen their vision. He also said that Naga undergrounds have forgotten their agenda and started to kill each others. Nagas are opposed to such and have come to terms with the prevailing no killing situation. He said the prevalent no killing situation should remain as Nagas today long for peace and unity since the government of India cannot enter into agreement so many times with the same people. He also encouraged the students present to tell their brothers and sisters in the underground that people want unity first because the 1951 Naga plebiscite gave the mandate only for one Naga nation. The Home Minister also told the students that the Nagas were in the dark earlier and one confined only to their own village. However, through the effort of former Naga leaders like Pou Jadonang and A.Z.Phizo, the concept of Naga nationhood was birthed. Today, Nagas are coming closer and so also the world because of the IT revolution he said and reminded students that they live in an immensely competitive world. He also admitted that the state government has problems in scientific manpower management and reiterated that the state is suffering from employment problem and not unemployment problem. He pointed out that all big projects in the states were being implemented with manpower from outside . If all these big projects were implemented through use of local manpower, instead, the state will be short of manpower. He also bluntly admitted that the curriculum adopted in the educational system was so general that it was difficult for a student to go for specialization. One has to develop base on the curriculum, he said and pointed out the helplessness of the teachers who had to teach the students only based on the curriculum. Speaking along the same lines, Additional Chief Secretary Alemtemshi Jamir, IAS, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, stressed on the need to redefine the Naga people’s concept of freedom. “What we think is free from India” as the concept of freedom envisaged by the Naga pioneer leaders was different from what it is today he said. “We Nagas need to redefined our freedom” he said and opined that if that was done, the Nagas can achieve an honourable and acceptable solution. He also alleged that the Naga leaders engaged in the ongoing talks today were perhaps afraid to come back without sovereignty. He also said that he was inspired by the philosophy of Jadonang, who was hanged by the Britishers for pioneering the struggle for freedom of the Zeliangrong and the Nagas. “We need to think Global and act locally”, Alemtemshi said adding that was what Pou Jadonang’s philosophy was as he didn’t want to become slave, he told the students. Alemtemshi Jamir also said the worldview was a matter of how big the brain was. He explained, if the brain was big, then the world becomes small and conversely, if the brain was small, the world became big. In this regard, he reminded students that if their vision was too distant, then only few could achieve it. He also regretted that today no educated youth were inclined to take up marketing management and transportation of agriculture produce as a career option, even though post harvest management for the farmer was the biggest problem in the state. Meanwhile, the Zeliangrong Students Union Kohima on the occasion had elected new team of office bearers which includes Kidungyi -President, Haukieteing -Vice President, Iluna -General Secretary, Pauriachi -Assistant General Secretary, Heilunggyile -Finance Secretary, Japhet -Education & Statistical Secretary, Tariwang -Information & Publicity Secretary, Keyitiakpeu -Games & Sports Secretary and Phokut -Treasurer

 
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