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Azo graces YMCA Youth assembly
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 12:59 AM IST
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With a call on the youth to endeavor for a better tomorrow, the 6th North East Youth Assembly of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) got underway Wednesday at Oasis, Dimapur.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Nagaland, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu who graced the occasion as chief guest, called upon the youth to revamp their spiritual lives to bring about positive change in the society. Stating that many people were being swayed by worldly goods today which were against Christian principles, Azo underlined the need to change to serve God.
Taking on the Naga context, the minister lamented that the social order was leading towards a “disastrous society” with untold illegal activities like extortion, ransom, kidnapping and taxation on the rise. He called upon the people to ask oneself whether this was typical of a true Christian society. Azo maintained that the solution lied in working collectively for an overall change, and added that such change could be achieved only if people began to change their individual selves.
Expressing a keen interest on the state’s YMCA, which is still in its formative years, Azo contributed a sum of Rs.1 lakh towards the movement.
Guest of honour of the programme, P.C. Zoram Sangliana, Mizoram minister for Transport, Art & Cultural Printing and Stationary also spoke on the occasion and urged the youth to unite on a firm foundation and rebuild the factors deteriorating the NE youth. Sangliana expressed regret over reports of communal feuds in India, and asserted that the North East movement had a great responsibility and role to play for the country. He encouraged the YMCA members to honour the movement and “bravely” make known to all about the love of God.
Deputy commissioner Dimapur Maongwati Aier, also chairman of state organizing committee for the youth assembly, paid rich tribute to late Dr. E.W. Clark and his wife, who were the first missionaries to North East India, for enlightening the people of the region. Maongwati called upon the youth of the region to develop the right attitude and inculcate a culture to work hard for both economic and social development.
Earlier, delivering the keynote address, editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden speaking on the theme “For a Better Tomorrow” said that a better tomorrow must be a dream to be realized through a progressive journey involving the development of the ‘trinity’ of the individual-body, mind and soul. He said the theme was relevant to NE region whose people especially, the youth, were gifted with many talents. Yaden said a better tomorrow involved the development of the individual other than material firstly through self transformation. He said change can only come to the environment if people begin the change within themselves. He asserted that the YMCA movement called for Christians to be relevant to their local environment by being the salt and light in their society. A better tomorrow cannot be achieved merely in wanting it but through a holistic approach that should begin today where YMCA can be a catalyst for a better tomorrow, he said. Yaden said a better tomorrow is the fruit of continuous efforts not bound by any time frame but a continuous devotion towards building a society at peace with itself. He lamented that due to wrong projection of the north east people from outside have a preconceived notion of the people. However, he said, when people from outside come to the region, they instead find people here are friendly, helpful and exist in an open society.
“YMCA is part of the movement of how to bring about this change,” he asserted. He also encouraged the youth to continue to learn and evolve from life’s lessons and apply the knowledge gained from them , to overcome their limitations. He further stated that at a time when the society was being ravaged by various ills and shortcomings, YMCA should pick up the challenge to be part of the change in coordination with their governments and societies. He urged upon YMCA to trust and depend on God and to let God’s word be a lamp to our feet and a light for our paths, as we journey along life’s difficult path.
In the morning session, Maj.Gen.George VSM, chief of staff 3 Corps encouraged the YMCA to be role model for the youth and society.YMCA national secretary Rajiv John gave a brief about YMCA.The Kohima chapter of the YMCA has also been established on October 4.
YMCA Dimapur president Andrew Ahoto gave the welcome speech, while vice president Aochuba Yaden proposed vote of thanks. IYF Korea director Wook Yong Kim and Maj.Gen.George N, chief of staff 3 Corps also felicitated the YMCA north east on the occasion. YMCA regional secretary Birol Basumatary delivered a briefing of the assembly.
Besides delegates of YMCA Dimapur and Kohima, YMCA of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, the youth assembly was also attended by various dignitaries including NIDC chairman and MLA Nuklutoshi, 3 Corps chief of staff Maj. Gen. George N. and YMCA national secretary Rajiv John, among others.
YMCA is a worldwide interdenominational movement working in over 125 countries advocating for change, striving for a just society where oppression, exploitation and denial of life is confronted and transformed. It also stands for renewal and reconciliation in broken communities. YMCA Dimapur attained its national affiliation in September 2010.
The evening session was highlighted with various cultural performances and items by Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Kohima and Dimapur YMCA units, Sterling performance by ‘Faith In Action’ Taekwon-Do who are members of the YMCA Dimapur, Golden Crown College, Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Old Showuba Cultural Club and Naga United cultural troupe.

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