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ENSUK celebrates fresher’s social

ENSUK celebrates fresher’s social
Tongpang Ozukum and other delegates at the ENSUK event in Kohima, on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 11:44:00 AM IST

Six federating units of Eastern Nagaland Students’ Union Kohima organized its first Fresher’s Social-&-cultural session under the theme “Fraternisation with One Culture” at NBCC Convention Centre on Saturday in Kohima.

Addressing at the gathering as guest speaker, PWD minister Tongpang Ozukum said the theme of the event was perfectly chosen as Naga Society needed fraternizing in all its aspects.  

Asserting that the Naga forefathers regarded culture highly and existed as an independent Nation or entity for many decades, he said it was pertinent for the younger generation to preserve the culture which was the Naga identity.

“Nagas need to socialize more and understand each other,” he stated adding that they need to mingle together with trust and respect so that they could truly fraternize with each other and with each other’s culture. “Naga society today, seems to be in great disorder”, Ozukum remarked pointing out that Naga society was a fragmented society, becoming too individualistic.

On this subject of unity, the minister further said that unless there was unity, better understanding between the central, eastern, western and southern Nagas and trust between them, the Naga people will never progress.

According to Ozukum, the Nagas cannot survive as a separate entity and live in isolation, within or without, when the entire world was trying to become a global village.

Pointing out the difference between ‘educated’ and ‘literate’, Ozukum said Naga society needed well educated people and not literate persons. Educated people are well-mannered, disciplined, knowledgeable, well cultured, sophisticated and skilled to compete with others, he said.

Ozukum complimented the six federating units on their event saying that it was a positive sign which reflected the positive mind-set of the up-coming generation of the Eastern Naga brothers and sisters. He was confident that the seed of unity among the Naga brethren today would send a positive message to Naga people for coming together as one big Naga family.

ENSF president, Sepili Sangtam, in his brief exhortation, congratulated the freshers for their achievements and said that to be a part of the competitive society, one had to have a clear vision, determination and consistency and above all work hard.

Sangtam regretted that in spite of the reservation policy being introduced to maintain equality, even after 54 years of statehood, there are disparities in development and inequality. He stated that the reservation policy was maintained in hardly two or three departments out of the 82 departments in the state in-spite of the several notifications issued.

Sangtam reminded the students that the future of the Eastern Nagas was not as bright as it should be and advocated for the students to be sincere in their studies to secure the future of the Eastern Nagas.

Earlier NBCC finance secretary, Rev. Yamyap Konyak invoked God’s blessing on the fresher students. The event was marked by folk dances by the six federating units and songs by Angam Ükhong and JCC’s.

 

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