National seminar on emerging debates & issues

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/20/2019 11:33:55 AM IST

Two-day national seminar on “emerging debates and issues in North East India” organised by research cell & IQAC, Kohima College concluded on November 15 at Kohima.

A press release by Kohima College mass media cell stated that the seminar organised with an objective to bring out a platform to bring together ideas to understand contemporary issues confronting the NorthEast region and to bring forth concrete solutions and strategies was attended by academicians and research scholars from various parts of the country. At the inaugural function, Model Christian College, Kohima, principal, Dr. Luke Rymbai, in his keynote address, stated that research was not profitable if it was done for compelling circumstances.
He said the “drive force” ought to be thirst and love for research and that should not be done for academics alone but to impact societies and policy makers.
Dr. Luke stated that north east India provides a space for theoretical thinking for scholars, and that the motto of academicians should be “research, research, research”.
Convenor, Research Cell, KCK, Dr. Konei Nakhro, stated that it is imperative for academicians and researchers to continually engage with issues and challenges relevant to society, to question and more importantly, to provide answers. 
At the valedictory session, former assistant professor Delhi University, Kekhrie Yhome said a pattern of narrative has long controlled the academic thinking of how one look at the north east.
He said when on one hand the region has been labelled as “troubled”, “identity crisis”, “social unrest”, “underdevelopment”, “security issues”, “insurgency” etc. on the other hand the region has also been with beautiful features like “untapped market”, “naturally rich resources”.
Yhome said these narratives and imagination of a place called north east has been strictly modulated in the form of how “we look at and interpret ourselves”. 
“We should create the region as a reliable space and not as described through the imaginary projection of others, and question if it is possible for us to make any leverage to take another step and change it to a narrative of hope”, said Yhome.
The two-day seminar consisted of several technical sessions with presentation of papers.

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