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No political boundary can wipe blood ties: Pusa
Correspondent Punanamei (Mao), Dec 29(NPN):
Published on 30 Dec. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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Former NPCC president and MLA K. V. Pusa said that no political boundary could wipe out blood ties and kinship that existed since the times of the ancestors and that it was the responsibility of the present society to keep this fraternal spirit alive and hand down the torch of unity to the generations that were to come.
“Our people have always lived as one people, in peace and in war, in festivals and at work in the fields”, Pusa said addressing the inaugural function of the 48th Annual General Conference of the Mao Students’ Union held at the Punanamei village ground here today.
He urged the people to kindle the spirit of oneness and continue to lift up the traditional bond that has been their heritage since times immemorial. Pusa stressed on the need for selfless leaders who were willing to sacrifice their own interest for the good of the people. He asserted that the Nagas for too long have refused to take responsibility and instead putting the blame on the Indian government while talking in different tunes and trying to bring down own house by criticizing one another.
He said that the people needed to a serious introspection if they wanted to see any positive change in resolving this conflict. Pusa blamed the lack of sincerity and direction for which there was no short-term or long-term strategy guiding a move towards unification and integration. He said if the trend continued, the next generation would lose track of what their struggle represented. Before starting work on a solution, he suggested that the Nagas keep in mind the future of the Naga people and that the true goal should be to preserve identity as a people, inhabiting the ancestral lands alongside all round development.
Appreciating the theme of the conference “Enterprise our resource,” he reminded that the land inhabited by Angami and Mao was not without resources. He said the ancestors cultivated these lands and lived a wealthy life. He reminded of the practice of ‘feasts of merits’ whereby feast was thrown to the whole villagers and erected monolith, built horned roof houses with beautifully carved out decorated panel with bull head and other animal motifs in their houses.
“Our people are enterprising people but today human resource can no longer be limited to the ability to till the ground and bring harvest, but time has come to sharpen our intellectual resources and look at enterprise in the context of the global technological developments and universal expanse of opportunities in the world today, Pusa said.
On the motto of the MSU “Sacrifice and progress”, the former NPCC president reminded that sacrifice always preceded progress and said that the motto should be an eye opener for everyone who wanted to move ahead in life. He said everybody wanted progress but nobody liked sacrifice.
Earlier, Er.Vikho-o Yhoshü MLA and advisor IT & TE in his address as the guest of honour said that the artificial boundary were imaginary lines made by others without the consent of the people. He pointed out that even the tribal and villages name were named in other languages whereas in the past, all the Angami and Mao were known only as Tenyimi and that there was no other name.
“We’ve to rise above the imaginary barrier to unity” Pusa said and appealed the people to cultivate the good qualities what the Naga forefathers practiced and passed down.
United Naga Council (UNC) president Samson Remei, who also shared the dais as guest of honour on the occasion paid homage to the two victims of the last May 6 incident at Mao gate where two innocent students were gunned down by security forces of Manipur. “There sacrifices will not go in vain and we will continue to fight till our goal is achieved,” he said.
Remei blamed the prevailing war-like situation as the creation of the “communal government of Manipur” who wanted to grab the land and resources of the Nagas through conducting Autonomous District Council election.
“We have declared that we will not allow holding ADC election and we should respect the decision of the Naga people,” he said.
Remei said that the Nagas of Manipur have been associated with the communal government of Manipur for the last six decades and had experienced only suppression and oppression. He said that the only option left with the Nagas living under the present communal government Manipur was to get out for their own survival.
He also acknowledged the neighbouring Angami, Chakhesang tribes and the people of Nagaland state for understanding the problems faced by their brothers in Manipur state. He appealed to all to extent all possible help in the pursuit for an alternative arrangement. Further, Remei revealed that with the onset of the New Year, hectic days were ahead as UNC was going launch series of agitations in various forms to press its demand for a separate arrangement.
Earlier, the chief guest unfurled the conference flag while MSU president Lokho Ozho delivered presidential address. The four days conference which commenced yesterday will dwell on various issues during the academic sessions on topic relevant to the conference theme.

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