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NSA organizes Research Scholars Colloquium in New Delhi

NSA organizes Research Scholars Colloquium in New Delhi
Members of NSA with speakers of the Research Scholars Colloquium conducted on March 29 in New Delhi.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/31/2019 12:12:53 PM IST

Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA) organized a national level “Research Scholars Colloquium” at the School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, New Delhi, chaired by political scientist, professor Jagpal Singh from IGNOU on March 29. 

A press release from NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan and general secretary, Dr. Lungthuiyang Reimai stated that the first speaker, Chibenthung Yanthan, PhD scholar, JNU spoke on “Understanding Russia’s sovereign democracy as a counter-narrative to the western model of liberal democracy”. The main purpose of this paper was to analyze some of the reasons Russia feels the need to reject the Western model of democracy and put forward their own model. Chibenthung concluded by stating that if Nagas, as an aspiring nation, can come up with its own model it can be used to frame the foundation of their political practices. 

The second speaker Dr. Imtimangyang (Imti), consultant, NUEP spoke on “Incorporation of Christianity among the Ao Nagas: A case study of Molungkimong village”. Imtimangyang stated that the protestant Baptist Christian denomination’s flexible nature offers the possibility of a personalized way to approach Christianity without negating its core cultural ethos. 

The 3rd speaker, Thejalhoukho, PhD scholar, JNU gave a presentation on “Contested customs in the Naga Hills: Baptist reformers, salvage ethnography and Naga customary law”. Thejalhoukho analyzed contestations between two different discourses on “Tribal” customs during the late 19th and early 20th century in the colonial Naga Hills District. He tried to rationalize contradictions between the objectives of the Baptist missionaries to convert the so called “tribals from barbaric & heathen customs”, and colonial ethnographers advocating for preserving tribal customs and traditions of the Nagas. 

He also stated that the Naga nationalist movement in the post-colonial period incorporated both the ethnographers’ romanticism and the enlightening discourse of Baptist Christianity to fashion a Naga national identity.  The chairperson gave the concluding remarks and a vote of thanks was proposed by Nzanmongi Jasmini Patton. Apila Sangtam, Vide Yhokha and Pansy Jami, all JNU PhD scholars, hosted the program.

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