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Kenye exhorts NPF youths
Published on 20 Nov. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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The NPF symbol ‘Cock’ crowed at the NPF youth leadership training seminar when several of the party leaders eulogized its staying power since the birth of the then Democratic Party(in 1964) which underwent re-labelling to its present nomenclature. After party veterans –chief minister Neiphiu Rio and urban development minister Dr Shürhozelie- it was the turn Secretary General of the NPF (Central), Kewezu G. Kenye, who stressed on the relevance of the “Cock” in Naga tradition and as heralding the dawn of a new era in Naga history. Kenye amplified the party symbol while addressing the third and final session of the NPF Youth Leadership Training as the Resource Person at the party’s Central Office here Wednesday evening. Kenye spoke at length about how the animists of yore held the “Cock” vis-à-vis rituals and also the superstitious English who avoided eating “Cock” meat. Similarly ancient Greeks and Romans also used embedded “Cock” to ward off evil spirits. The “Cock” is also the early wake-up clock relied upon in the early days by the Nagas, he said . On the party motto “ Fide non Armis (Faith without Arms)” Kenye said the NPF remains fully committed to solution of the Indo-Naga political issue across the negotiating table and not through violent means. Kenye also traced the history of the Naga political movement since 1832 when various Naga tribes fiercely resisted the entry of British Captain Jenkins and Lieutenant Pemberton along with troops into Naga territory from Manipur. He explained the reasons why NPF had undergone several name changes due to necessity similar to the Naga National Council (NNC) which split into the NSCN. He emphasised that the participants should know the history of the party so that they can broadcast it to the grass roots level. He also asserted that NPF-led DAN Govt. has undertaken so many development projects that were self-evident and achieved in about three years what the Congress could not in ten years of rule. Earlier, senior scholar and human rights activist, Theja-o Vihienuo, spoke during the second session of interaction and discussion in the morning as the Resource Person. He said: “Leadership exists at every stage and organisation of the society including even at home…..There is no magic to train someone to be a good leader. However, to uphold our tribal, clan, village, social organisations and age groupings there are immense opportunities to provide leadership.” Theja-o further said: “There are various reasons for being in any political organisation. If you want your youth organisation to be an instrument and growth of the society, then set goals so that NPF Youth Wing is a performing and functioning organisation. The party is still expecting much from you.” Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) Chairman, Vipopal Kintso, who was one of the Moderators during both the sessions, said that he had come across many good leaders who were also good speakers with vision. During the discussion hour, Mokokchung NPF Youth Wing President Lipok Zulu stressed on discipline and capability and also sense of sacrifice that make a good leader. Dimapur NPF Youth Wing President Lanukaba wanted to know why the party could get only one elected Legislator out of the five Constituencies in Dimapur in spite of gifted leaders. Zunheboto NPF Youth Wing President, Vikaho Zhimomi, asked about the financial importance in good leadership. The other Moderator, Achumbemo Kikon, a former NSF President, observed that although West Bengal and Kerala were far removed (in geographical terms) from the erstwhile USSR, the Communist parties in both the States ruled for many years not through money so much as relentless indoctrination of the party’s ideology to all levels of their cadres. Vice President of the NPF Central Wing, Thepusato Boshi Vamuzo offered the vote of thanks at the closing function.

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