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Create platform for unity among Nagas: Azo
Dimapur, Jun 29:
Published on 30 Jun. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of boycott by three tribal student unions (Ao Students Union Dimapur, Dimapur Sumi Students Union and Dimapur Kyong Students Union over election in the Dimapur Naga Students Union), the morning session of the 18th general conference of the DNSU reflected the current crisis.
Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu who was chief guest at the first session, was not oblivious to the crisis that has sharply divided the student community along tribal groupings, expressed dismay at various issues that sour relationship among Naga family members. While noting that mistrust and disunity was on the rise, Azo told students they could play a positive role by reaching out to all communities and create a platform to bridge the divide.
Turning on the threat posed to the local inhabitants by rising number of illegal migrants to Nagaland, Azo sounded a wake up call to Nagas in Dimapur to join hands with the government in tackling the problem. He also blamed total dependence on cheap migrant labour among locals which encouraged influx and urged Nagas to take up various jobs.
He also spoke on unemployment and the need to end dependency among the youth. In this regard Azo said since the government was unable to absorb all job aspirants, it was time for the educated youth to look for other avenues and options. Azo was accompanied by a host of government officials, NGOs and public leaders.
Earlier, NSF president Kelhouneizo Yhome in his solidarity message spoke of the prevailing situation in Nagaland and the responsibility of students.
He said unless students overcome internal problems, they cannot take part in the process of development of society. Yhome speaking on the theme “Breaching Barriers” said, Dimapur is not only the commercial hub of Nagaland but where all Naga tribes and people of other communities lived. He said the theme “Breaching Barriers” would definitely widen the mindsets in ushering in a much needed “Attitudinal Change” not only in Dimapur but even beyond boundaries. Yhome, on behalf of NSF thanked DNSU for all the vast contribution and supports towards NSF cause in the past and has requested DNSU to keep up the tempo even in the days to come.
Newly elected DNSU president, Medovo-i Medeo gave the presidential address. Other highlights of the inaugural function included special tune by conference choir and cultural programme in the second session.
3 student bodies direct members
Three constituent units of Dimapur Naga students’ union (DNSU) – Ao students’ union, Dimapur (ASUD), Dimapur Sumi students’ union (DSSU) and Kyong students’ union, Dimapur (KSUD) have further directed all its members not to attend the ongoing 18th general conference of DNSU as the three have already boycotted. A joint statement from the presidents of ASUD, DSSU and KSUD cautioned that any students from three units attending the conference shall be doing at their own risk, adding an explanation call would be served to those defaulting students. They also requested authorities of all the responsible institutions not to send any students from three units.
LHD, DSC, ASTD: The three tribal bodies viz. Lotha Hoho, Dimapur (LHD); Dimapur Sumi Council (DSC) and Ao Senso Telonjem, Dimapur (ASTD) have said they would stand by the decision made by three tribal constituent units of DNSU for “emerging better solution in the larger interest of Naga family.”
While appreciating the concern and suggestion brought by the Naga council, Dimapur, the three tribal bodies, in a joint statement, also suggested that the same view may be taken into consideration by the tribunals of DNSU in resolving issues at their own level based on the existing DNSU constitution, whichever was applicable.
The LHD chairman Ntsemo Ngullie, DSC chairman Kuhoi Zhimo and ASTD vice president S. Meren Walling further strongly suggested for re-framing the existing constitution of DNSU with special reference to the election matters to have a wider accommodative spirit amongst the constituent bodies under DNSU.

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