Too many govts & politics : Dr Jamir

Too many govts & politics : Dr Jamir
Dr. S.C Jamir speaking at the ‘Kairos Festival’ ICFAI. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMPAUR, FEB 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/7/2019 10:47:49 AM IST

Former chief minister and former Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Odisha Governor, Dr. S.C. Jamir has attributed the plethora of ills plaguing Nagaland on  “too many governments” and too much politics.

Addressing the inaugural programme of ICFAI University’s two-day ‘Kairos Festival’ as guest of honour, Dr. Jamir said Nagaland was very small State, and yet had so many governments. 

He remarked, “The reason of what we all face today is because of too many governments. This should be closely examined, discussed and debated. I urge youngsters to remove the obstacle, which has held the society from progressing.”

The former Governor observed that Nagas had put their hopes on politics, while completely discarding humanity, educational, economic and social developments. He added that because of this, “we are stranded in a situation where we cannot move forward but not ashamed to move backward.”

According to him, honesty has now become very demanding. Regretting that no one dared to speak the truth because of a fear psychosis, he said because of this, political leaders, church leaders, NGOs and civil societies dared not to point out what was evil or good in society. 

Dr. S.C. Jamir was of the view that “we need to scrutinise what we are now and examine, deliberate and discuss, as during the last decade the governments that we had elected had abdicated their responsibility.”

Talking about the genesis of Nagaland, he encouraged the younger generation to know how the State was “not received as a gift” but formed through “blood and tears of our forefathers”. He urged the people, to live up to the expectation of their forefathers and not to forget the supreme sacrifice made by them.

Dr. S.C. Jamir said as Nagas had a separate identity, they had to make supreme sacrifice through blood and tears, adding that in order to maintain their identity, got involved in World War II too in their struggle for freedom.

He called for making Nagaland united, strong, progressive and prosperous, where people could hold their heads high and be proud of being a Naga.

The veteran leader pointed out that the strength of a country depended not on its military power, but on its academic strength. And Nagaland could be developed only when it had economic power, which could again be achieved only through knowledge.

Vice Chancellor, Dr. C.P. Alexander also addressed the gathering.

Introduction of ‘Kairos festival’ was delivered by Rovikotuo Yhoshu. The programme was chaired by Tokaholi Chishi and vote of thanks delivered by students’ council president Chingutho Trakha. On Day one, various competitions were held like photography, short film, painting and recycled crafts. A panel discussion was also held.

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