Lack of unity hurdle to solution: Rio

Lack of unity hurdle to solution: Rio
Neiphiu Rio unveiling the 28th NSF general conference monolith at Bhandari, Thursday. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, MAY 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/9/2019 11:22:39 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has regretted that Nagas are unable to find a way forward in unified manner on the issues of permanent peace and solution to the Indo-Naga political issue. 

Speaking at the inaugural session of 28th General Conference of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) at Bhandari town in Wokha on Thursday, Rio observed that tribal hohos, women bodies and tribal organizations do not have a unified platform to carry forward the Naga voice in a manner that transcends tribes, districts, States and countries.

He asserted that resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue was on top of the PDA government’s agenda.

He remarked, “Our people have suffered for too long and the political conflict has created challenges and hurdles for generations in realizing their ambitions.” 

He claimed that the government has taken significant steps in playing the role of an active facilitator in the ongoing peace process so that unity, reconciliation and a final “honourable, inclusive and acceptable” settlement are reached at the earliest. 

Mentioning that Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) had unanimously passed resolution recognizing sacrifices and sufferings of Nagas nationalists and their families, the chief minister emphasized that unity amongst all sections, over-ground and amongst national or ganizations is the need of the hour. He said Nagas are at a crucial juncture in history and “unless we live in peace and arrive at the political solution, our future may not be bright”. 

“We should not only support the peace process, but we have to make sacrifices by rising above individualism, clanism and tribalism and instead uphold Nagaism,” he stressed.

Lauding the arrangements made for the conference, Rio called upon the student community to remember and honour all the pioneers who made untold sacrifices to enable the present generation to carry on the mantle with vision and commitment to continue to inspire into the future. He said pioneers of NSF had to struggle hard and faced obstacles during the most difficult times of Naga movement and established the federation for the future generations by braving the odds. 

Mentioning that their vision to bring the Nagas together, uphold oneness and unity by preserving and promoting Naga culture and tradition, fighting for the welfare of student community and their concern for social issues throughout is laudable, the chief minister acknowledged and appreciated all their sacrifices and contributions.

According to him, NSF being the apex body of the student community, is one of the most respected civil society organizations and, apart from working for welfare of the students and youth, the federation has made significant contributions to the Naga society in multiple aspects and greatly contributed towards the unification of Naga people beyond man-made boundaries.

Stating that the students and youth are the backbone and foundation of all societies, Rio said nothing should be out of reach for any individual and the single factor of merit should be the determining reason for a person to succeed.

He encouraged the students to have the right skills and attitude along with education to be able to find jobs – “be it in private sector, government sector or for self-employment”.

Rio said, “Being the strongest pillar of the society, how you play your role will be the determinant of how the future spans out and, therefore, it is imperative to identify, understand and address the real issues and challenges we face today.” 

In his speech as a special guest, Manipur’s public health engineering minister L Dikho remarked that NSF is the most important platform for Naga people and can contribute to the Naga society in many ways. He said the federation has brought Naga people together.

“Nagas without border should be our vision and future. And student unity is most important for helping to achieve a better future for the Nagas,” he emphasised.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister also unveiled the 28th NSF Conference Monolith, which was dedicated by Rev Nyanchumo Lotha, executive secretary of Lotha Baptist Churches Association.

Rio was accompanied by agriculture & co-operative minister G Kaito, medical minister Pangyu Phom, horticulture adviser Mhathung Yanthan, former NSF president and R&B minister Tongpang Ozukum, IT, S&T and NRE adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon and a host of other dignitaries. This was stated in a press release.


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