Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said decades of strife had prevented the Nagas from seeing the other side of peace and development. The time has come for the Nagas to shed all differences, to unite so that together, Nagas can build the future.
According to a statement of the chief minister’s office of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio said this while addressing the 72nd General Session of the United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC) at Seyochung village under Kiphire district in Nagaland on Wednesday.
The Nagaland CM said that as leaders of tomorrow, students need to understand Naga history and take up the responsibilities of changing the mindset of the people towards peace, progress and development, the statement said.
Quoting an adage that a child without education is like a bird without wings, Rio stated that learning is a life-long process and education prepares a child to face the realities of life as it sets one free by giving an individual the power to think, reason, understand, and act and also to obey the rule of law.
The CM said that the people have to overcome and shed the tag of backwardness otherwise it will only be self-defeating.
Stating that the advent of Christianity in Nagaland in 1872 by EW Clarke was the best thing that happened to the Nagas, Rio said that Christianity and education had brought Nagas thus far for which the Quasqui-centennial celebrations of 125 years of Christianity in Nagaland was celebrated from November 27-30, 1997 under the theme ‘From Darkness To Light’.
Stating that Nagas are at a crucial juncture in the Naga Political Issue, the CM pointed out that negotiation between the negotiating parties had successfully concluded on October 31, 2019 on a positive note and that the Nagas are yearning for a solution to the decades old issue.
Towards this end, Rio pointed out that all 60 MLAs under the banner of the Joint Legislators Forum on the Naga Political Issue had joined hands to facilitate the peace process so that settlement comes about.
Citing the example of Japan which was badly defeated in WWII, the CM pointed out that post-war period, Japan focused more on economic policies and today, it is one of the economic superpowers of the world. So also South Korea, which after liberation from Japanese rule and the subsequent Korean War between the North and the South, focused on its economy and economic reforms to subsequently become a developed economy.
Therefore, Nagas also have to think seriously and be committed to work so that the economy can be developed to become self-reliant and self-dependent, he added.
Rio continued in the course of concentrating only on government jobs, the people had forgotten about business and entrepreneurship. He said that unless Nagas take up all forms of jobs from the biggest to the smallest, outsiders will always come to the state in search for employment and that Nagas will remain jobless.
Therefore, in this 72nd General Session, I hope you will deliberate, take up challenges and see that the students’ community changes the mindset of the people and work hard to make your life and the community stronger and make all the Nagas proud,” the chief minister added.