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Statehood, an issue between centre and ENPO: Dr. Shürho
Published on 15 Jan. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Minister for urban development & higher education, Dr. Shürhozelie said that the demand for “Frontier Nagaland” was an issue between the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) and the central government as the former was demanding statehood from the latter and not from the Nagaland government. Citing this, Dr. Shürhozelie said he had no comment about the ENPO’s demand for a separate state.
Speaking at the 63rd United Sangtam Students Conference (USSC) at Kiphire town as the chief guest Friday, he pointed out that the hohos, civic bodies, NGOs and all others have been working “very hard” to bring forth unity among the Naga people adding that to build a house takes time but the same could be destroyed in few minutes.
According to DIPR, Dr. Shürhozelie urged the students who were the leaders of tomorrow to realize the importance of their roots and origin including their history. He urged the people to remain untied and march forward.
The minister expressed appreciation to the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police Kiphire for playing positive roles during the crisis between different communities due to the proposed Road Show last year.
He also appreciated the wisdom of Sangtam and Yimchunger leaders for controlling their people at the right time. He also said that Nagas talk much about identity but not on how to act to preserve their identity. Dr Shürhozelie said it was high time for all tribes to work for the development and preservation of their respective languages and rich cultural heritage if they really wanted to survive in the community of nations.
The urban development minister expressed happiness that in Kiphire district, C. Kipili Sangtam was doing well though he was the only member from the Sangtam tribe. “It is you people who can put the right man at the right place,” he added. Dr. Shürhozelie said it was high time for advance tribe like Sangtam to remove backward tag since it was better to get “your super consciousness alive.”
He conveyed New Year greetings to all on behalf of Nagaland government and also the NPF party and hoped that the year 2011 would bring peace and prosperity as desired by every Naga.
The chief guest unfurled the USSC flag at 9 a.m. Cultural dance and folk dance were the highlights of the function.

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