Trustee Initiatives of Change (MRA) India and Trustee, Centre for Northeast Studies and Policy Research, Guwahati, New Delhi, Niketu Iralu, said pioneers were right in launching Naga struggle and urged upcoming generations to acknowledge their contributions and sacrifices.
Speaking as the chief guest at the golden jubilee celebration of New Socünoma village, he said basing on history as the foundation, the upcoming generation should be acquainted with the present reality in order to forge ahead.
“The biggest homework of the future generation is to reason out where to go from here and how”, he said.
Instead of playing blame game, Iralu opined Nagas irrespective of tribe should examine themselves, shed selfishness, pride and ego and introspect where we have done wrong to others, adding, solution would be possible only when criticism stops, and in all honesty, one listens and learns from the other.
He expressed optimism that disunity and inter-tribal rivalries would stop if one accepted the other’s shortcomings and talk on issues based on Christianity as the cornerstone.
Quoting a source he said, “Nagas don’t need others to destroy them, they alone can destroy themselves”.
He opined that how others sees us was important and that we must learn from it. He also urged elders to connect with the present generation.
Dwelling on the jubilee theme, “Equip, work, worship’, he encouraged the villagers to equip themselves in thought and sprit to face the ground realities.
Delivering the welcome address, chairman, jubilee organizing committee, Kuolachalie Seyie recalled that most of the villagers were Naga national workers ranging from the Kedahge (president) Federal Government of Nagaland to the ordinary Naga army personnel, with exception of few.
He thanked the Almighty God for His unfailing faithfulness and mercy over the years.
He also recalled the contribution of the pioneers and founding officials while acknowledging the public leaders of Chakhroma and Angamis in general for rendering whole hearted support in re-settlement.
He explained that Socünoma literally meant a small village and that it was one of the oldest villages under Chakhroma Angami region.
Drawing an example for the jubilee logo i.e. spades and mattock, he said it symbolized the empty handed entry into the village and added “We Nagas have always been known to the outside world for our daos and spears but New Socünoma shall be known to other people for their spades and mattocks and the unique special quality rice that they produce”.
“We Nagas have always been known to the outside world for our daos and spears but New Socünoma shall be known to other people for their spades and mattocks and the unique special quality rice that they produce,” he said.
Dr. Zhavituo Vüprü, convener, souvenir committee gave a brief profile of the village.
The history of the village was inked on January 1, 1961 with 25 households, Vüprü added and highlighted that today, the village population stands at 663, with 149 households and additional 157 non-resident families.
Other highlights were special song by New Socünoma Youth Association, cultural song by New Socünoma Women Association, traditional show by the cultural community, 2 minutes obituary to the departed, felicitations, awards to cleanest colonies etc followed by the jubilee feast.
The programme was chaired by Mezhü-u Hozoyie.
An entertainment show was organized in the evening to commemorate the occasion.