Nagas should move to the future: Jamir

Nagas should move to the future: Jamir
Dr. S.C. Jamir (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/12/2019 11:47:40 AM IST

Former governor and chief minister, Dr. S.C. Jamir lamented that Nagas, including public leaders, were only obsessed with the past instead of being concerned with their future destiny.

He said this while speaking at the 6th annual general session of Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) at Lotha Hoho Ki, near DC office junction, here on Tuesday.

Dr. Jamir regretted that though Naga history was uniquely constructed by “our forefathers”, yet it was high time the Nagas became determined to create a new history of progress, prosperity, harmony and harmony. 

Referring to the CNTC gathering with representatives from Ao, Lotha and Sumi community, Dr. Jamir asked CNTC, if it regarded themselves as advanced tribes, whether the constituent tribes were in sync with changes currently sweeping the world in socio-political sphere as keeping abreast with all these lead to emergence of new scientific ideas. 

He said, “We will all be judged by our ability to adapt with the changing world. We cannot remain indifferent to the changes that are taking place both in our neighbourhood and rest of the world, if we are to be considered as the most advanced tribes.”

The former governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Odisha remarked that Nagas are at a critical juncture, not knowing which way to go. He also maintained that past education did not fit into the current advanced educational system. Dr. Jamir pointed out that Nagas in the good old days stood united, spoke in one voice and had one goal– creation of a separate homeland – under the banner of Naga National Council (NNC) . He said the NNC followed a “democratic, peaceful and non-violence approach”. He said NNC leaders in the past listened to other people and accommodated others’ views and opinions in their political struggle. However, he observed that beginning of the downfall of the Naga political movement began with beginning of violence caused by armed conflicts between security forces and Naga armed forces. 

During his term as head of Congress governments, Dr. Jamir said the Nagas used to be hammered from both sides and became victims of fratricides. On factionalism within the Naga polity, he opined that the biblical term of the tower of Babel was replicated in Naga political movement and it was continuing till today.

“Factionalism underground and over ground had completely undermined the goals our forefathers had set for the Naga people. They had dreamed of ‘Naga Canaan land’, but sadly it is over as the spirit of nationalism, oneness and unity had been lost due to our greediness. And here we are today as a divided house,” he lamented. Dr. Jamir, however, saw a glimmer of hope through the efforts of all stakeholders, both over ground and underground. He said he saw emergence of a new dawn in Naga political movement with various factions engaging together and fighting for the same cause. He called for adopting a positive approach to Naga problem by appreciating difficulties of each other as this could decide “our future”.

In this regard Dr. Jamir turned on the CNTC saying it was now the duty of the body and other Naga organisations to encourage all groups to work together as a team and fight for a single cause for the welfare of the Nagas. He also appealed to the CNTC not to only think about the three tribes only, but of the Nagas as a whole. 

Calling for a “united, progressive, prosperous, harmonious and peaceful Nagaland”, Dr. Jamir said Nagas too should have the will power to survive like the Israelis, excel in whatever they do and the will to dominate through achievements. 

But for that to happen the political issue should be resolved as early as possible, he stressed.

He concluded his speech by appealing to CNTC to be the bridge among Naga tribes and continue with its movement for peace.

Short speeches were also delivered by Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar, Lotha Hoho chairman Er. Mhondamo Ovung, Sumi Hoho president Hekhushe Shikhu and NTC president Toniho Yeptho.

In his speech, Longchar recalled that CNTC had to struggle in its initial stage, but was now running smoothly with the support of public and leaders. He urged the old team of the council to lend their wisdom and knowledge, while congratulated the new team.

On his part, Er. Ovung said the three tribes were blessed with inspiring leaders and called for not abusing the blessings received while fighting for “our rights”. He also appealed for monitoring enforcement of ILP as, according to him, Nagaland Police did not enforce it properly. Warning that Nagaland would become the second Tripura, he hoped that outsiders would not become masters in the State.

Hekhushe Shikhu was of the view that though there are land disputes between the three tribes, he hoped that the issue would be solved through CNTC.

TonihoYeptho spoke how the council paved the way for formation of CNTC. Admitting of difference of opinions over certain issues, he hoped the healthy debates would only make the feeling of brotherhood and unity stronger. 

The programme was chaired by CNTC joint secretary and Sumi Hoho general secretary Nikheto Jimomi, while CNTC president Hokiye Yepthomi delivered the presidential address.

A special number was presented by Lotha Eloe Ekhung, Dimapur and dedicatory prayer for the new team was offered by AKUPU ministry director Rev. Dr. Phughoto Aye.

A short speech was also delivered by newly-- elected president N Matong Jamir, followed by a vote of thanks by CNTC finance secretary Khondao Ngully.

The outgoing president and his team expressed gratitude to Western Sumi Totimi Hoho, Watsu Mungdang, Lotha Eloe Ekhung and Central Nagaland Students’ Association for undertaking all hardships for making the programme successful.


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