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Give and take policy for Naga Unity: Imchen

Imkong L. Imchen arrives at the Tokhü Emong festival cum Road Show 2010 at Wokha, Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent WOKHA, NOV 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Nov. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Home minister Imkong L. Imchen said there should be a give and take policy from all concerned groups for Nagas to be united and to live together, as one.
Addressing a mammoth Tokhü Emong festival cum Road Show gathering at Wokha local ground as chief guest Sunday, Imchen lamented that Nagas were attacking each other and dividing themselves, all in the name of Christ.
Given the case of numerous Naga political groups, Imchen said there was less hope that the government of India would be sincere t work towards an amicable solution with all the separate factions.
“A separate agreement with each and every faction is impossible …. If we unify as one, maybe there will be a solution. There should be give and take in order for Nagas to be united, and to live together, as one,” he asserted.
Underlining the need for all sections of people to work together for peace, he said that the underground groups should listen to the overground people and that the overground people should try to work towards uniting the underground groups.
Gazing towards the Tyui mountain which was becoming barren due to rampant cutting down of trees, the home minister compared it to the current Naga politics saying, “This Mountain looks beautiful but we are making it barren by cutting down all the trees. We must make it green again so that we can survive. Make Naga politics greener.”
Reminding the Kyongs of the significant role they have played in Naga history, Imchen appealed them to initiate a fresh and different approach towards a solution to the current Naga political problem.
Agriculture minister and chief host, Dr. Chumben Murry said road shows have made participants more aware of the diverse customs and traditions of the different tribes in the state. He said people were becoming aware of what different departments were doing for them and that the concerned departments were also getting to know of the needs, strengths and potentials of the people.
Kyong Hoho chairman Yansathung Jami, on behalf of the Kyongs, appealed the home minister to request the state cabinet for granting three days holiday during the period of Tokhü Emong celebration.
Parliamentary secretaries, commissioners and secretaries and a host of other district officials and Kyong public leaders also attended the programme
Cultural items were presented by Angami, Rengma, N. Longidang Village Cultural Club, and Wokha Town Longsa Eloe Cultural Club while ‘Mites’ presented a modern Kyong song.
(List of winners of various competitions on page 2)

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