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24th NSF conference begins; Economic stability crucial in global context: Zoramthanga
Correspondent PFUTSERO (PHEK), APR 28 (NPN):
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Published on 29 Apr. 2011 12:57 AM IST
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Then chief minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga said economic stability play an important aspect in global context.
Addressing the opening of 24th NSF general conference, being held on the theme “Reaching Out”, hosted by Chakhesang Students’ Union, at Pfüstero Town Thursday as chief guest, Zoramthanga also cited the current political scenario in the Arab world and the collapse of socialist USSR, where the economy played a major role.
He said whenever there was economic stability, political stability and other stabilities follow suit.
Making a reference of economic stability in case of Mizoram and Nagaland, the former Mizoram CM said both the states were blessed with vast land, suitable climate condition and sparse population, adding if strive hard both states could be turned into centers of economic activities.
Further, he touched upon the bamboo plantation and said these areas have the potential to become the “gold mine” in generating the economy of the people and the state.
Zoramthanga, who is visiting Nagaland for the second time, said in 2003 when he was invited to broker Indo-Naga peace talks by the then prime minister it was his “happiest moment”.
Referring to peace talks between Mizos and the Government of India, the former Mizoram Cm said Mizo peace talks lasted for 15 years and he was hopeful that ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks would be a “successful conclusion”. He reminded that “it need patience in the peace talks”, though there could be differences.
Pointing out that Mizos and Nagas were never under British India, he said that both were in excluded areas and when British left, they created a political and administrative vacuum and India slowly occupied the areas.
In his address, the special guest Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) executive member Ganesh Kachari urged upon all communities especially the tribals in north east states to unite together for common cause to develop the region. He also unveiled the monolith.
In his speech FNR convener Rev Wati Aier thanked and acknowledged the NSF for their wholehearted support and commitment to Naga Reconciliation.
He said FNR had already walked for three years and would continue to walk until reached destination.
The FNR convener also put three suggestions to the NSF – to challenge students write a “patriotic song” content based on historical base, which could be a common song, sung in all Nagas inhabited areas, all schools and colleges in all Naga inhabited areas to wear a T- Shirt once a week with “Symbolic lines” and NSF to starting thinking about a Common Booklet on Naga history of Naga Political movement to be taught in schools and colleges in all Naga inhabited areas.
In his Presidential address Mutsikhoyo Yhobu said “artificial and notional boundary” created by India and Myanmar would not come “our way in the quest for living together as a nation.”
“Our leaders have unambiguously articulated this stance and so will we continue to strive for this rightful position stated by our leaders,” he stated, adding NSF ever since its formation has been steadfast, unwavering towards the peaceful coexistence of Naga people.
“However, it is lamentable today that there are divisions, misunderstanding within us,” NPF president said.
Stating that intrinsic external forces were always at work to divide the Nagas, he called upon all to be on guards of such divisive plans.
Earlier, the function was chaired by NSF tribunal general Imchatoba Imchen, welcome address by Achumbemo Kikon, convener organizing committee, special song and dances were presented by conference band, Maram students’ union, Chakhesang cultural research institute and Sümi students (Upper Assam).

 
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