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Governor not to tolerate discrimination against Nagas
Correspondent JAKHAMA, OCT 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Oct. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar Thursday said that in his capacity, he will not tolerate any form of discrimination against Nagas in any part of the country and asserted that his door was open to any such complaint.
Addressing the St. Joseph College Jakhama graduation day function here Thursday, the governor opined that young Naga boys and girls pursuing different vocations were doing very well, particularly in hospitality sector. However, expressing concern that they were often discriminated, he assured that in his capacity, he would see that they are not discriminated.
Recalling that there had been a spate of discriminatory complaints against Naga boys and girls in the capital city of Delhi at one point of time, for which, he had spoken to his counterpart governor and the chief minister of Delhi, Nikhil Kumar said. Moreover, stating that NSUD leaders have not approached him since the time he had met with them on the matter, the governor said it indicated that there were no more complaints after that.
Meanwhile, the Governor lauded St. Joseph College Jakhama for its track record of academic excellence and at the same time reminded the college authorities that the college was able to produce good results from the strong foundation laid by their predecessors.
Expressing appreciation on the way the function was organized, the governor said the college had displayed talents that other institutions lacked. The “Josephites” should thank the college, teachers and staffs for moulding them and also for providing an ideal environment for learning, Nikhil Kumar said, adding that the college has become a pride for the state. “I look forward that the name of Josephites, as its motto ‘rise and shine’, will be known even in the national level,” he said.
Impressed by the address presented by the college’s best graduate 2010, the governor commented that despite being a novice, the student had done better than what many persons in their career of public addressing took a lifetime to develop.
The governor also gave away medals to the winners of the various academic excellence awards instituted in the college and university.
Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Nagaland University vice chancellor (VC), Prof. K. Kannan stated that “passion, perseverance and patience” were the three basic requirements to achieve.
Maintaining that being on the move was not easy as sometimes one has to be ahead and sometimes behind, Prof. Kannan exhorted the new graduates that life itself was a constant battle. Life is a constant struggle and when you are learning to reach the highest, that’s what keeps you going, he said. The VC urged them not to be disheartened when they were behind and cited example of renowned American leader Abraham Lincoln who was an average student yet became an achieved leader.
Prof. Kannan Nagaland has a long way to go because of the lack of agriculture or industrial revolution. But what is beautiful today is the knowledge revolution which however depend community or individual ambitions. For a close knitted society like the Nagas, he suggested that the student should go for community ambition.
He asserted that the means of achieving was more important than the end goal and that one should not try to achieve at the expense of others. We cannot grow at the expense of others, he said.

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