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Ex-minister Huska passes away
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Mar. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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Former minister Huska Sumi died Saturday morning after a prolonged illness at Zion Hospital, here. He was 67. He leaves behind his wife Nagaholi whom he married in 1984, two sons and a daughter. A three-time minister from 13-Pughoboto A/C, Huska Sumi was admitted to hospital with diabetes mellitus some weeks ago, family sources said.
The funeral service of the departed leader was held at the family residence at Chekiye village, 3rd Mile and attended by senior leaders including MLAs, various organizations/unions, family members, relatives and well wishers.
Condolence messages were delivered by Church, WSKH, WSH, Chekiye Kukami, Aphuyemi, MLA Joshua Achumi, former minister Ihezhe Zhimomi, Pughoboto NPF candidate Vikheho Y Swu, Sumi officers union, Dimapur, Sumi Aphuyemi Kuqhakulu, Mudutsugho Khughuto Kuposhukulu Dimapur and relatives.
Late Huska will be buried at the native village Mudutsugho (Kilomi New), Pughoboto Sunday at 10 a.m.
CLP leader Tokheho; NPCC president, S.I. Jamir, MLA I. Imkong, MLA Hewoto Awomi, Agriculture Production Commissioner, H.K. Khulu and former minister K. Therie also attended the funeral service. En route to Mudutsugho, a public funeral was held at the local ground, Kohima.
Late Huska was minister of Agriculture and law under United Democratic Front (UDF) government after winning the election as an independent from Pughoto A/C iin 1974. However, in March 1975 the UDF government collapsed and he was re-elected in 1977 on the UDF ticket and made minister agriculture and co-operation under UDF regime.
In 1983, he was founder-chairman of the Nagaland People’s Party.Then in 1993, he was elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly in the Nagaland People’s Council(NPC) ticket. In 2002, he was elected as president Nagaland People’s Council (NPC) and the following year joined the Janata Party (United) and became its president. In 2003, he won the assembly election and became minister agriculture under DAN government.
Late Huska was also honoured with Rising Personality of India Award in 2007 and in the same year won North-east Excellent Personality Award.
Born on March 17, 1943 late Huska was the lone survivor of 14 siblings of late Viniho Swu and Toshali Swu.
He passed out his matriculation in first division from Gauhati University and completed BA (Hons) from St. Joseph College, Darjeeling and completed his LL.B in 1970 from Delhi University.
Late Huska also served in various capacities as teacher at Government High School, Kohima in 1967 and also as superintended, Kohima Civil secretariat.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio expressed deep pain over the demise of ex-minister. In his condolence to Mrs Nagaholi, the chief minister said late Huska left his mark in the Naga politics spanning several decades by providing leadership based on integrity with his interventions in shaping the political, economic and social framework.
Rio said the career of late Huska was marked by “selfless sacrifice” and commitment for the people’s welfare based on the principles of democracy.
He conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved family members, and prayed that Almighty God to “let his soul rest in peace.”
NLA speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie also expressed shock over the demise of ex Minister Huska Sumi. He recalled late Huska’s long innings in the Assembly for which he had won accolades for his “learned interventions” in the discussions.
Kiyanilie described late Huska as an acclaimed and great parliamentarian who contributed significantly towards instilling parliamentary traditions in our polity.
Further, Peseyie said late Huska would always be remembered for his “sterling qualities” and his diverse contribution towards enriching “our polity and society as a whole.”
The speaker also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Former chief minister and Congress MLA K.L Chishi, recalled that late Huska, whom he had known since childhood, was “upright, honest and a principled God fearing man.”
Chishi describe that passing away of late Huska caused “immeasurable vacuum” for the Nagas, the society and particularly the Sumi people, which he said would be difficult to fill up.
Chishi further conveyed his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family members and prayed to Almighty God to console them.
Meanwhile, the GPRN/NSCN “ato kilonser” N. Kitovi Zhimomi in his condolence message, said the demise of Huska Sumi came as a “deep shock to all who loved Nagaland.”
He said late Huska, besides being a “wonderful husband and a loving father”, was also a daring politician, a social reformer, a historian, a thinker, a patriot.
He described late Huska Sumi as a man who was never easily swayed by “morning breeze or a stormy afternoon” and was also a man “of all seasons with impeccable character and moral integrity and all he asked for was a Naga society and Naga Nation that stands on the strength of truth and correct history.”
Kitovi also said late Huska’s purposeful life will remain a leading light for generations.
“In his departure from our midst, Sumis in particular and Nagas in general have lost a truly distinguished personality,” said Kitovi.
Further, he conveyed deepest condolences to near and dear ones of late Huska.
In another condolence message, the NSCN (I-M) Sumi National worker Welfare also expressed shock on hearing of the demise of Huska Sumi who was described as veteran leader whose absence at this juncture would leave a void for the Nagas in general and Sumis in particular.
The SNWW, paid tributes to late Huska for “his vibrant and quality life he has led and his example for being a true leader for the people.”
The SNWW also conveyed solidarity to near and dear one and prayed Almighty God to bestow solace at the moment of grief and sorrow.
Aphuyemi Sumi Kuqhakulu, Kohima also expressed great shock and profound sadness over demise of former minister Huska Sumi and said in his death they have lost a very eminent leader and a great public leader of the area. The ASKK also expressed condolences with all the bereaved family members, and prayed that Almighty God offer them solace and comfort.

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