Naga society in a state of confusion: Jamir

Naga society in a state of confusion: Jamir
Dr. SC Jamir (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/19/2019 11:23:45 AM IST

Former Governor and former chief minister Dr. S.C. Jamir maintained that Naga society currently finds itself in a state of confusion by ignoring the truthwhich has prevented them from the ability to decide on their future.

The veteran Naga politician and living signatory of the 16 Point Agreement, said this while speaking as guest of honour at the 38th Foundation Day cum Day of Prayer Programme at Discipleship College, Mount Miracles in Signal Angami on Monday. 

He also reminded the Board of Governors, faculty and 283 students present that things have undergone a sea change from what it was 38 years ago (when DBC was founded), and urged upon them to keep abreast with the changing time by constantly reinventing and evolving.

Drawing attention to the prevailing situation, he appealed to the students, faculty and college administration to “design a new Nagaland which is contemporary and made by people of integrity, honour, commitment and vision. One in which the aspirations of the young generation can be met.” Dr. Jamir lamented on the people being stuck to the past and added that it was rare today to find politicians and public figures talking about the present and the future. Dr. Jamir opined that the present generation of Nagas have unwittingly replicated the ‘Tower of Babel’that symbolised confusion and the broken walls of Jericho that represented “an entire system of governance which has collapsed thereby resulting in a society which is free for all but where no one is free.”

Elaborating further on the ‘Tower Babel’ and the ‘broken walls of Jericho’ Dr. Jamir said, “There are many voices but very few speak for the people. There are many authorities and governments but no governance. All of these groups and factions are at loggerheads. They have conflicting voices and do not speak in unison.” 

Dr. Jamir said he had come specifically to have a discourse with the youth and deliberate on building a future which is peaceful and conducive for youngsters to progress fairly. He also lamented on how people today have begun to worship Mammon (god of money) and how corruption has become a lifestyle. He then asked the students if they had the conviction and commitment to study theology or if it is just a pass time.

Also calling for an overhaul in attitude, mindset and approach, Dr. Jamir expounded on the four features of the world today: First, while living in an era of knowledge which is changing very fast and self-propelling technology is altering daily tools we need in our work life, yet people in Nagaland are talking about the past. 

Secondly, in a world where there is stiff competition and only those who excel will have a place in the job market, adding that one should work hard and be committed and devoted to one’s occupation.

Thirdly, in a knowledge driven economy, natural resources wereconsidered the foundation of the economy in the past but in the present, knowledge is the development matrix. 

Fourthly, he said we live in an era where information can be obtained at the press of a button and which has totally turned the world into a global village. Jamir however said this was to move the gathering to deeply contemplate on how Nagaland has been preserved from the influence of our neighbouring states when it came to religious influence. 

However, it was an American missionary,Rev Dr Edward W Clark who came from a far away land to Nagaland “to call the Nagas out of darkness into the wonderful light of Jesus.” He reminded those present that Nagaland has been specially chosen and preserved by God.

A welcome speech was earlier delivered by the principal of the college, associate professor S Watiwhile associate professor Narola Walling narrated the journey of the college from its inception in the late 70s till today. Other highlights of the programme were ; invocation and scripture reading by associate professor Dr Teka, DBC anthem, opening act by B.Th 1st year girls, choral presentation by DBC choir , special prayer for DBC by former board of governors chairman Er. Obang Longchari, ‘Unity in Diversity’ presentation by B.Th 3rd year students, male voice by The Miracles and mass prayer. The chairperson of the programme was assistant professor Shanthungo Ezung.



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