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Home coming for Dr Jamir

Former Maharashtra governor, Dr S. C. Jamir along with his wife upon arrival at the Dimapur Airport, Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jan. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Veteran Naga politician Dr S.C.Jamir was accorded a rousing reception on arrival at Dimapur airport Saturday after a six-and-half-year stint as Governor of Goa(2004-2008) then Maharashtra and acting Governor of Gujarat (2008-2010). On hand to welcome Dr Jamir and his wife at the airport were hundreds of Congress party members led by CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi and vice president NPCC Aheto besides the leaders of the Ao Union Dimapur and Ungma village community of Dimapur NPCC president I. Imkong was however conspicuous by his absence from the reception. Asked what was his future plans after a long and illustrious career in state and national politics, Dr Jamir asserted that for politicians there was “no superannuation” as one has to always be prepared to serve the people. Jamir also expressed personal satisfaction over having served the people under various capacities as an MP, MLA, union Minister, chief minister, governor and as assigned by the government. “I have got mental satisfaction and now have a complete costume”, he asserted. Further affirming that Naga people want peace, stability, progress and prosperity, Jamir called for bringing an early solution not by confrontation but through good will and faith. “As an elderly person, I have no time to quarrel with anybody and it time that we should sort out differences and come to a common platform where at least we can hammer out a framework which is acceptable to the Naga people and government of India” he added. He also further stressed that it was high time that the problems got resolved through the collective wisdom of the Naga people. Later, addressing well wishers and party workers at his Chumukedima residence , Jamir pointed out that it was during his tenure that a stable government was installed in Goa besides smooth conduct of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra where the Congress and its ally, the NCP returned to power. Jamir also said that it was during his tenure as a Chancellor of 19 universities in Maharashtra that a committee, first ever in the country, was set up to look into the appointments of Vice Chancellors strictly on merit. He expressed his deep satisfaction in bringing about educational reforms in a state like Maharashtra but at the same time, lamented that it could not be completed during his tenure. Terming the governorship as a chair with many limitations, Jamir indicated he was not inclined to continue as governor beyond a term to the Prime Minister as it was not conducive for him as a politician. “Therefore, I have happily come back home to resume my service to our people” he said. Repeating his statement made on arrival, Jamir said there was neither day nor night nor retirement in politics and expressed happiness that he was returning to his field of politics to serve the people of Nagaland and the north east. Emphasizing on the need to live in peace , he said “ enough is enough” as Naga people have lived under the disturbed condition for too long. He called on the leaders of churches and various political parties and organizations to reflect what has gone wrong in the past fifty years and ponder over what Nagas have gained through violence and in-fighting. Calling upon the youth of the state, Jamir urged to look into the future with a new vision, approach and plan by working on the present and not waste time pondering about the past mistakes. He also cautioned that without these action plans, Nagas would face innumerable problems in the near future. “Don’t blame others, were cutting ourselves” he cautioned. Jamir said that his first and foremost duty in Nagaland was to wipe away the tears and console those family members whose dear ones were snatched away so that they can forgive and forget. “It is the greatest virtue of human beings” he asserted. Jamir opined that efforts for reconciliation would not be complete if those affected families do not come out and forgive those who did wrong. Saying he was himself a victim, Jamir declared “I forgive to those who tried to assassinate me”. Calling upon the Naga people to broaden their views, Jamir pointed out that suspicion was another factor that was destroying the fabric of reconciliation. He asked why Naga people can’t talk about economic development etc rather than extortion and killings in the present 21st century. He further challenged all the political leaders, church leaders and all the frontal organizations to play an active role in bringing ‘light’ to the Naga society. CLP leader Tokheho in his speech expressed warm welcome to Jamir on completion of his gubernatorial assignment.

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