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Muslims and Nagas co-exist peacefully: MCD
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 19 Jul. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Muslim community of Nagaland had co-existed with Nagas and other communities peacefully over the years and have contributed towards the development of the society by active participation in every sphere said the leaders of the society who were present at the felicitation programme of successful HSLC, HSSLC students from Muslim community and other achievers organized by Muslim Council Dimapur (MCD) at Holy Cross School hall on Sunday.
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha,) C.M Chang, IAS retired who was supposed to be the chief guest could not attend the programme.
However, his message was read out by his PS. In his message to MCD, CM Chang said the council since its inception had shown positiveness in pursuing peace and tranquility in Dimapur city, a mini India where people from various corners of the country co-existed without any differences.
Appreciating the MCD for playing vital role in rescuing the CDPO, Sashi who was kidnapped recently in Assam, C.M Chang said such efforts could make the society healthier and should be emulated by other communities.
He also said there were bad elements in all the communities, however, the bad elements do not represent the entire community, he added.
Chang also asserted that it was the responsibility of the community leaders to control their own people to ensure peace and tranquility in society. He stated that the entire community should not be blamed for crimes and offences committed by outsiders. “A criminal is a criminal and will not hesitate to harm his own people if the situation demands”, he added.
He also lauded the community for its achievements and introducing the felicitation programme sensing the educational backwardness of the Muslim community locally and also to create a sense of competition within the community students of Nagaland.
C.M. Chang advised Muslim students not to think that they were inferior to others and surrender meekly as God had given talent to every individual adding the individual should make best use of ones strength and weakness to achieve the desired goal. C.M Chang also contributed Rs. one lakh towards the construction of school by Muslim Council Dimapur.
Bringing the message from the Naga Students’ Federation, Mutsikhoyo, president NSF said Muslim community specially in Nagaland have lots of capabilities and qualities to compete with the rest of the world and urged the younger generation to inculcate the spirit of competition. He said “Muslim community are the Naga Muslims and is one of the Naga tribes”.
Mutsikhoyo encouraged the students that achievement was not the end, but to strive harder and bring pride to the whole community.
He further urged them to encourage the Naga brothers in spreading the spirit of brotherhood, irrespect of ones identity and good relationship with other communities.
Savi Legiese, president Naga Council Dimapur expressed gratitude to MCD for the cooperation and assistance towards promoting peace and harmony in Nagaland.
Chief advisor, Dimapur Municipal Council, Er. K. Keditsu said Dimapur could be described as mini India that has never faced problems or differences because of religion or caste and lauded the Muslim community for playing an important role in maintaining peace in the city and bringing good impression to Nagaland.
Exhorting the gathering, Zhaleo Rio, secretary PHE and Fisheries, Government of Nagaland also said Dimapur represented a mini India where people from different communities lived together peacefully and spread the message of “Unity in diversity”.
He said Dimapur had never witnessed communal clashes. He urged the gathering to spread the message of oneness and live in cohesiveness, unity.
Appreciating the community for excelling in every sector, Zhaleo appealed to Muslim community to spread the message of unity to other communities and to Naga tribes and help building Dimapur into a cosmopolitan town, a harmonious place with economic development, prosperity and development of law and order.
Meanwhile, Siddek Ahmed, parliamentary secretary for revenue and disaster management, Government of Assam who was the special guest in the occasion expressed his delight that people in Dimapur shared the spirit of brotherhood where different communities lived together peacefully.
Commenting on the achievements made by students from Muslim community, he urged the students to bring fame to the country and contribute in making India a beautiful country by spreading brotherhood and bring development in northeast, peace and harmony with the spirit of brotherhood among the people of Nagaland and Assam.
The felicitation programme was attended by NGOs, community leaders, tribal leaders and people from different walks of life.

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