Bishop of Kohima, Rt. Rev Jose Mukala, called upon the delegates of the National Youth Festival to be single minded in whatever they do and at the same time become torch bearers for peace in their society so as to promote global peace and harmony. He said this while delivering the message at the valedictory function of the programme organized by Peace Channel the Parish Hall at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School on Monday. The Bishop also urged the gathering to first bring peace within themselves which he stated, is an integral part of the entire peace process.
Also speaking on the occasion as guest of honour, Editor, Nagaland Post, Geoffrey Yaden, taking note of youths in the conference, urged them to make the right choices and one of which was to begin work on self development so as to impact the environment towards promoting a culture of peace.
He said peace cannot be achieved merely on demand and neither by holding peace seminars or rallies but that “ we have to work to earn it”. He explained, that youth being energetic and intelligent must conceptualise in building their future society and to begin the work today. He said the country as well as Nagaland have a majority youthful population and the winds of change was blowing. He said advanced countries have progressed because their youths are at the forefront of every profession and enterprise. When youths are involved with purposeful pursuits, they would have little interest to create what he termed “ a situation”. He encouraged the youths to tend themselves like gardeners, weeding out unwanted and harmful ideas and activities.
Geoffrey Yaden said youth who form 40% of the country’s population while 45% in Nagaland, should channelise their concepts, like co-workers building a large futuristic mansion.To do this, he advised them to decide today what they will have; adding thoughts form habits and habits form character and character personality and personality decides destiny
Later the Peace awards for the year was given to Rev Dr Wati Aier of FNR (male), President, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur Hukheli T Wotsa (female) and Mongzeung Mpom (youth) for contributing towards peace. Later after the function, all the delegates took out a massive peace rally through city tower.
The two day festival was attended by delegates from 11 states numbering around 2000.