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NE Youth Peace festival begins
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Sept 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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Underscoring the importance of peace in the contemporary world, DC Dimapur, Maongwati Aier on Sunday encouraged the young people, who constitute about 35 percent of India’s population engage themselves in restoring peace in society.
Addressing the 3rd NE Regional Youth Peace Festival here at the Holy Cross Hall, attended by around 1000 students from the state and other north eastern states, on the theme, “Youth for peace and development” Maongwati said it was a day and age of the young people to join hands and hear the cry of the people, the ultimate aim of every individual which is peace.
He reiterated that through unity in fellowship could the ultimate aim of peace be achieved. He pointed out two kinds of peace-temporary and permanent- which individual needs to choose. He said peace through Lord Jesus Christ can last for permanent but worldly peace can last only for short period. He further said that, peace through Lord can nurture ones body, mind and soul. Citing an excerpt from biblical account- the prodigal’s son, who was reunited with his family after admitting his mistake; Maongwati said reconciliation could bring celebration and peace which was the need of the hour among the people and urged the gathering to realize where they had gone wrong.
Stating that peace and development are inter-connected, the chief guest said that the former can be achieved when the means of development is globally modernized. For which he suggested shifting of traditional economy to more innovative and modernized economy.
In his address, the guest of honour Geoffrey Yaden, Editor Nagaland Post said it was befitting that Dimapur has been the venue for the festival as people from the north east are present besides also being sometimes called as ‘mini India’. He lauded Fr. Anto the Founder-Director of Peace Channel for contributing a common platform for peace among youth.
He urged the youths of the north east, to reflect their dynamic society in order to undo the wrong picture of the region. He said youth of the north east are second to none as they are more innovative, creative, artistic and energetic than others. Yaden also spoke at length regarding issues concerning contemporary youth. He also said peace should begin at home where every youth lives in peace and harmony with one’s family members, to become a true practitioner of peace.
The chief guest DC Maongwati Aier, guest of honour Geoffrey Yaden (Editor Nagaland Post), Rev I. Wati and director peace channel Fr. Anto lighted the inaugural lamp. Earlier, the function began after invocation prayer by Rev. I. Wati Ao Baptist Church (DABA).
Cultural display by Godwin HSS Dimapur, Zeliangrong dance by All Saints School, Peren, peace song by PWD Colony Club members and choreography by St. Paul HSS Dimapur were the highlight of the inaugural function. Organized by Peace Channel, the two-day mega event festival is hosting around 900 delegates from Peren, Wokha, Dimapur, Kohima and from Assam, Manipur and Tripura.
The valedictory function on Monday will be graced by Nagaland governor, Nikhil Kumar as chief guest while Lt. Gen. N.K. Singh, AVSM VSM and Rev. Fr. Carolus Nisalhou, V.G. Diocese of Kohima will grace the Peace Channel awards function as guest of honour and patron on the same day.

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