Nagaland University vice-chancellor Prof. K. Kannan, called upon students to have vision and values in life. Addressing the inaugural function of national seminar on tribal societies and challenges of modernization in North-East India at St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama on Friday, Prof. Kannan said one “must have a mission in life, a vision to achieve, and values in your life”.
Speaking on the theme, particularly in the context of North-East India, Prof. Kannan urged students to have a mission for freedom, along with a vision that they should strive to achieve, sustained by a good value system.
In his keynote address, Dr. Walter Fernandes, S.J said modernization was an imposition from outside by the dominant society which had caused tensions within the tribal societies because they were not prepared. He added, as a result tribals were forced with a situation of choosing either tradition or modernization and in some cases, the elite within the tribal societies have been co-opted by the dominant society resulting in divisions within their societies.
Resource persons who presented papers on the first day of the seminar included Dr. Kedilezo Kikhi on ‘gender empowerment: An Insight from Kohima District of Nagaland,” Dr. Kewepfuzu Lohe on ‘Aspects and Consequences: Education and modernization in Phek District, Nagaland,’ Dr. Abraham Lotha on ‘Impediments for modernization in North-East tribal societies,’ and M. Temjen Longkumer on ‘Modernization and crime: A Case Study of Naga Society.’
The day two of the two-day seminar would include paper presentations by Prof. Lanu Aier, NEHU, Dr. Nokhwenu Veronica, Visakhonu Hibo, and Januo Sekhose.