Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) President Mutsikhoyo Yhobu on Friday said that as a civil society, NSF had submitted several representations to the Prime Minister of India, but the Government of India cannot be always blamed for the divisions in Naga society but “our own Naga leaders” are also to be blamed.
“Individual and community interest will not solve the Naga political problem,” he said adding that it may take time to heal all differences but leaders should work together in the interest of Nagas as a whole.
“Unless they (leaders) change the mindset and understand the aspirations of the younger generation, the future is in dark,” he said.
Yhobu was addressing the students as chief guest at platinum jubilee celebration of Kalinamai Students’ Union under Senapati district of Manipur on the theme ‘Whet to Excel through retrospection’.
Exhorting the students’ fraternity, Yhobu said they should have the attitude of competing with the students in rest of the world in order to excel in this competitive era. He also said that Naga society was in need of youth with intellectual capabilities with a vision to restructure the Naga society and better future of younger generation.
Extending jubilee greetings, he expressed hope that jubilee celebration would be a ventilator for the students to take the challenge.
Reiterating NSF principle, he said though a student body, the Federation has been striving to bring together Naga people under one administrative roof. He said that NSF has taken initiatives to strengthen the Naga movement and has faced several hardships and it is like a platform to take the Naga struggle for unity and oneness forward.
He said Naga in Eastern region of Nagaland are reportedly demanding for a separate State while Nagas in Manipur are also asking to be separated; besides Nagas have already been divided by artificial geographical boundaries. All such things has been bringing about further divisions amongst the Naga society, he said and challenged the younger generation to make it clear to the Naga leaders that it was time do away with all individual and single community interests and work for the Naga people in general.
Earlier, Yhobu also unveiled the jubilee monolith, hoisted the Union flag and also released the jubilee souvenir and memento.
NSF tribunal general Lokho Kapani Krichena and Mao Students’ Union, MSU President Lokho Ozho Mao graced the occasion as guests of honour. Lokho Kapani Krichena called upon the gathering to try and work towards building a better society for the younger generations and also develop the spirit of oneness. MSU President Lokho Ozho Mao challenged KSU to remain firm and strong in their endevour and continue to extend support to MSU. Both of the them also extended jubilee greetings and hoped that KSU would be prosper and continue to serve the society even in the days to come.
The programme conducted by Losü Athew commenced with Pastor KSSCRC C. L. Kaikho pronouncing the invocation. KSU President N. Salew delivered the welcome address while General Secretary Daihrü Athishu Lerite tendered the vote of thanks.
Kalinamai college students presented welcome song while women society presented folk song and Choro Ashuni sang a special song and the KSU anthem. The inaugural function was followed by jubilee feast.
The two celebrations will also be marked by various competitions, fashion show, traditional dress, folk tale, folk song, action song, debate, elocution and sessions on the ‘Handling of responsibilities with right ethics’; ‘Youth and duties’ and ‘The ill effects of drugs on health’. The valedictory function will be held on Saturday.