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Nagas desperate for a new dawn of peace, prosperity: Jamir

Nagas desperate for a new dawn of peace, prosperity: Jamir
Dr SC Jamir (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/18/2019 12:17:46 PM IST
Former chief minister Dr SC Jamir said Nagas were desperate for a new dawn of peace, prosperity and a new political development.
The veteran Naga politician, who was also governor of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Odisha, made this remark while addressing the annual day celebration of St Mary’s Higher Secondary School here on Friday.
He expressed confidence that the dark clouds over the political firmament of Nagaland would evaporate soon and new era of peace and prosperity would dawn in Nagaland.
The five-time chief minister of Nagaland and a living signatory of the 16 Point Agreement lamented that for decades the Naga people had not seen real peace in their native land as a result of which all economic activities had been adversely affected.
He remarked that Nagas today were facing some “demonic elements” and called for reviving the Naga society.
“Because of gun culture, Nagaland has been suppressed, Nagaland has been oppressed and they have created fear psychosis in the minds of the people of Nagaland. People are afraid to speak out the truth,” he observed.
The veteran politician said the entire system in Nagaland appeared to be in doldrums, adding that governance was virtually in disarray because of excessive interference from various anti-social and anti-national elements.
Likening the State to a “seriously wounded man groaning in severe pain”, Jamir said it was entirely up to the Nagas to decide the fate of their State – “whether to remain as a sick man or a healthy man”.
“The present and future of Nagaland is in the hands of the people themselves. Whether we want to live in peace and harmony or we choose to live in chaotic condition, it is entirely up to the people of Nagaland to decide,” he emphasised.
Jamir, who was among the founding members of Nagaland, said the founders had agreed that the State should be a “part and parcel” of the Indian Union keeping in mind the future of Naga people.
He said, post statehood, the priority of the founders were unity, peace and harmony and above all a progressive, developed and prosperous State.
“Nagaland was a place for growth, not suppression. It was a place for peace, prosperity and growth but that environment has been destroyed by our own people,” he lamented.
The former governor also spoke on the importance of quality education. He said quality syllabus, quality faculty, quality teaching and evaluation, quality research and quality character were some of the pre-requisites for quality education.
Before the formation of Nagaland, Jamir said there were only two colleges – Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung and Kohima Arts College, but now, he added, there were many colleges and universities and stressed that all education institutions must keep abreast with rest of the world.
He observed that the dramatic change in the global economy over the past few years had been matched with the transformation in technology, adding all these were impacting education, work places and domestic lives.
Jamir said the people of Nagaland had to keep pace with this rapidly changing environment and a highly competitive world. And to cope with the increasing pace and change in modern life, he said students required new skills and they needed to develop the ability to deal with stress and frustration too.
On unemployment issue, the former chief minister said at present there were more than 80,000 educated unemployed and the number would increase as the years rolled by.
“Unless we focus immediate attention on skilled development in our educational institutions, the problem will be beyond the capacity of Nagaland government to solve,” he cautioned.
Jamir reminded the students that though they were living in an exciting world full of opportunities, it had its own set of challenges and responsibilities, adding that as enlightened and worthy citizens they must make themselves an asset in whatever they choose to do.
He asked the students to be dreamers if they sincerely wished to realise their cherished goals in life and advised them to remember the talisman “when you dream, keep your head in the air and feet on the ground”.
Jamir concluded his speech by asking the students never to give up on their dreams and aspirations saying “despite ups and downs of life, great dreamers achieve their goal”.
Earlier, marked by various enthralling performances by students, the annual day celebrations began with prayer and Bible reading by Aleminla Longkumer (class 10), welcome speech by Vasu Singh (class 10), welcome song and national anthem by students of classes 5-8 and lighting of lamp by the chief guest, which was followed by speech by principal and prayer dance by students of classes V and VI.
 

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