State deputy chief minister Y. Patton once again called for expediting the Naga peace process, asserting that if solution can be brought about before the 2023 Assembly elections, the legislators were ready to pave way. However, he said if solution cannot be arrived at before the elections, it would not be possible for any elected legislator to step down after the polls.
Patton said this while addressing the final day of the three-day Moatsü Festival at Imkongmeren Sports Complex here as chief guest.
Patton further said that government alone cannot bring changes in the society and appealed for cooperation, positive thinking and action of the people to bring about progressive transformation in Naga society.
He said change would have to be brought strategically and in a calculative manner through proper management of time. He appealed to the people to extend their support and cooperation to the government to bring about meaningful and positive change, but not in a hasty manner that would have to regret in the future.
Patton remarked that positive change would come as had been mentioned in the government programmes, but definitely not in haste.
Extending Moatsü greetings to Ao Community, Patton urged the people to strengthen the bond of friendship through the festival. Appreciating Ao Senden for inviting all tribal hohos to take part in this year’s Moatsü, he termed it a red letter day for the Nagas.
Speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Tribal Affairs and Higher Education minister Temjen Imna Along Longkumer, while appreciating the tribal hoho leaders for their acknowledgement and gratitude towards the Ao community as torchbearer in many fields in Naga society, reminded the Aos to take more responsibilities and be at the forefront to foster friendship among Nagas that would bring unity that could not be broken by tribalism.
The function was also attended by ministers– Tongpang Ozukum, Kashiho Sangtam and advisors– Kazheto Kinimi and Tovihoto Ayemi and a host of dignitaries.
Moatsü greetings were also extended by deputy commissioner Mokokchung Shashank Pratap Singh, presidents of Angami Public Organisation and Konyak Union and Lotha Hoho chairman.
Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar delivered the welcome speech, while significance of Moatsü was explained by Repatemsu Jamir, Tatar, Chuchuyimpang Village Council and MTBA pastor said the invocation. Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) general secretary Nekmi Jamir chaired the programme.
As part of the celebration, traditional dance competition was held among the ranges under Mokokchung district.
The second session of the programme where Indigenous Games Competition was held was graced by chief information commissioner I Meyionen Jamir.
Meanwhile, Angami Public Organisation (APO) and Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) extended warm greetings and appreciation to Ao Senden and organisers of the Moatsü 2022 and thanked them for the invitation.
In a message, APO adviser Dr Vilhusa Seleyi said though the president of the organisation could not make it personally, he conveyed best wishes on the joyous occasion of Moatsü on behalf of 104 Angami villages.
He also thanked the deputy chief minister, all the VIPs, tribal hoho leaders and well-wishers present on the occasion.
He mentioned that APO sincerely acknowledged the contributions made by the Ao community for pioneering in the fields of culture, religion, civilisation, politics, education, sports, etc, besides building Naga unity. He called for paying tributes to Ao forefathers for their legacy in shaping the Naga nation based on culture.
Seleyi said APO sincerely believed that the rampant corruption currently witnessed and indulged in by different categories of Nagas was due to “uncultured attitude and lifestyle”, lacking knowledge of “our” roots. Hence, he requested Ao Senden to lead the Nagas with new strategies to strengthen Naga unity and liberate the common Nagas from the present self-induced slavery situation so that everyone march forward together with dignity.
As part of the celebration, traditional dance competition between the ranges under Mokokchung district was held besides various other indigenous games competition to mark the day. The following were the results of the various competitions- Folk dance: 1st Ongpangkong, 2nd Japukong, 3rd Langpangkong; Stilt Bamboo Race: 1st Yimyu ward, 2nd Alempang ward, 3rd Sangtemla ward; Pole Climbing: 1st Alempang ward, 2nd Mongsenbhai ward, 3rd Marepkong ward; Spinning Top: 1st Alongmen, 2nd Dilong and 3rd Marepkong and Tug of war: winner Alempang, runner up- Sungkomen.