NSA organises ‘Research Scholars Colloquium’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/18/2019 12:15:32 PM IST

Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organised “Research Scholars Colloquium” on May 17 at School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, New Delhi with Dr. Mirinchonme Mahongnao, R. Eknee C. Khongrei and Dr. KaisoloPazhiini as speakers.

A press release by NSA stated that the colloquium was chaired by Dr. Susmita Dasgupta, a chief economist at Joint Planned Commission, Ministry of Steel, an author of several books of international repute, an economist as well as a sociologist. 

Dr. Mirinchonme who presented a paper on the topic, “environmental injustice in Ukhrul district, Manipur” started with the argument that everyone is equally entitled to accesses to the benefits of natural resources but not at the cost of injustice. 

It is in this context, the speaker tried to elaborate on the concept of distributive and procedural justice taking the case study of mineral mining (chromite) in Ukhrul district, Manipur. 

The second speaker, R. Eknee, presented a paper on the topic, “Understanding America: Contesting the liberal projection of America’s image”.

Eknee began by contesting the distorted image of America by the liberals, whom he argues comprises of the minority community that has influenced the image projection of America.

 He traced the American history in the context of the three waves of immigrations that followed which in the process change the narrative of American identity. 

The speaker concluded his presentation by arguing that American identity projected from the lenses of the liberalist should not be validated as the only image of the Americans.

The third speaker, Dr. Kaisolo Pazhiini, who presented a paper on the topic, “Substance abuse prevention among adolescents: what works and what doesn’t?”, started with a statement that substance abuse has gained rampancy and the consequences of which affects not only the individual but has a chain effect on the family and society at large. 

The speaker revisiting her field work in Manipur, found that substance abuse (tobacco and alcohol in this case) initiation were not necessarily limited to the older adolescents but even children as young as six years of age were influenced. 

She evinced, using National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data that the rate of substance abuse users has increased both among the male and female in the northeast region and significantly among the female group (tobacco in their case). 

With regard to preventive interventions by the government and others in the community, school and village levels, she argued that scare tactics and employment of force has resulted in negative output whereas social influence, social empowerment approach by way of encouraging coping mechanisms and life skills resulted in positive outcome. 

Dr. Kaisolo emphasized that it was easier for attitudinal change in substance users rather than behavioural change based on her field survey because behavioural change according to her is a gradual process that takes times in withdrawal. 

She concluded by emphasizing that there was a need to raise larger awareness with regard to encouragement in intervention changes.

The chairperson Dr. Susmita Dasgupta gave remarks on all the paper presenters with suggestions for further improvement of their research papers. It was followed by question and answer and discussions. 

The session began with welcome address by NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan and ended with a vote of thanks by NSA general secretary, Dr.Lungthuiyang Riamei. 

The rapporteurs of the session were ChibenthungYanthan and Shimreisa Chahongnao, PhD scholars in JNU.


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