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Outsiders cannot determine future and fate of Nagas: Rio

Outsiders cannot determine future and fate of Nagas: Rio
Neiphiu Rio speaking at the dedicatory programme on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JULY 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:50:16 PM IST
Calling upon the neighbouring states to support the Nagas and respect the rights of the Nagas so their rights would also be respected, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, on Saturday asserted that non-Nagas cannot dictate terms and determine the future and fate of the Nagas. “We want to live as good neighbours, coexist in peace to forge forward together for all round development, having harmony and brotherhood with each other in different states”, Rio said while speaking at the dedicatory programme of the Tenyimi Union Dimapur (TUD) marketing complex at Khermahal near Tragopan Hotel here on Saturday.
Reacting to the Manipur chief minister’s recent statement on Naga issue, Rio said that they could speak for themselves but they cannot speak for the Nagas. 
He added that they cannot decide for the Nagas. “We will be good to them and everybody but it will not deter us from speaking out our right or defending our right”, Rio stated.
Rio felt that Tenyimias, who were spread out in Manipur and Assam, should carry the message everywhere for unity and for the integration, propagating to let other understand Naga issue.
Pointing out that Naga unity was a must, the state chief minister said “when we are united, our dreams can come true and our rights can be achieved; but if we are divided, our wishes will be just a dream, our rights will be suppressed.”
Further, the chief minister said that unity was the need of the day to meet the dreams and wishes of the people, which he maintained was the birthright of Nagas for integration.
Rio also congratulated the TUD for the construction of business marketing complex and opined that it would not only benefit Tenyimi people but the whole community of Dimapur. 
With people from other states of India and from across Nagaland living together, the chief minister said Dimapur was not only a miniature Nagaland but a miniature India.
He said the most important things for Dimapur citizens would be unity, co-existence and harmony.
The chief minister also urged the people to not find fault in one another but should come together and fight for their rights.
On the occasion, the chief minister sought the support, cooperation and participation of every citizen to make Nagaland plastic free project by November this year.
TUD president, Khalo Kapfo, in his presidential speech, informed that the present plot of land was identified for the Tenyimi people living in Dimapur in 2001. He said TUD decided to undertake two projects i.e. traditional gate and the TUD market complex for the common good of all people, which is a collective effort of all 10 Tenyimi tribes. 
The market complex has 81 rooms, wherein six rooms have been allotted to each of the 10 tribes, another six rooms to the Tenyimi women union Dimapur and the remaining 15 rooms were allotted to individual members who had contributed Rs. 2 lakhs each.
Earlier, TUD market complex monolith was unveiled and dedicated by KVBC pastor, Rev. Miazielie Sakhrie.

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