The Delhi Eastern Nagaland Students’ Union celebrated its silver jubilee on November 26, 2016 at Nagaland House, 29, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi with minister of Health and Family Welfare P. Longon as the chief guest and K. Asungba Sangtam, ex-member of parliament and advisor to ENPO as the guest of honour. The event was organized with a touch of traditional aura with the Konyak Morung specially constructed for the event being used as the stage, while the gathering was also enthralled with the beating of the traditional log drum by the personnel of 6th NAP to welcome the chief guest and the guest of honour. The programme was attended with a host of students, alumni, working personnel, families, invitees and well wishers. The special guests who attended the programme included personalities like, Madan Lal, MLA , Government of Delhi, Naveen Verma, secretary DoNER, and principal resident commissioner Nagaland House, Jyoti Kailash.
Chubalemla Chang, president of DENSU, in her welcome note shared about the formation of the union in 1991, and how the union over the years, with the 6 tribes of Eastern Nagaland namely Chang, Konyak, Khiaminungan, Phom, Sangtam and Yimchunger, has coexisted and continue to do so even now, and reminded the congregation present there that they are making history by being a part of the event. Video presentation depicting the rich culture, traditions and places of interests in the Eastern Nagaland area and the history of DENSU over the last 25 years was displayed to the gathering as well as a special video message by the first convener of the union, Toshi Wungtung, who was also present at the event.
Guest of honour, K. Asungba Sangtam in his speech while congratulating the union on its silver jubilee also reminded the students to be steadfast in their primary role of studies. Reminiscing his student life in Delhi, in the early 60’s and the changes the city has undergone, he termed Delhi as the “land of opportunity” and called upon the students to make use of their stay in Delhi. He also urged the students to make use of basic modern technology to enhance knowledge.
Chief guest P. Longon also lauded the union for providing eminent personalities to Eastern Nagaland society over the years. He further applauded the union for their selfless social service for the welfare of the people of Eastern Nagaland in Delhi besides their usual students’ welfare activities. Calling the students an asset and hope of the society, he called upon the students to imbibe in themselves the right weapon of skill and knowledge to lead the society. He emphasized on the Union’s motto, ‘Unity and Prosperity’, as the need of the hour in Eastern Nagaland. The programme also felicitated the present executives, former presidents, alumni, dignitaries and the two pillar of strength---Loipong Konyak, treasurer of DENSU and senior advisor Dr Hentok Phom, by the union. Dr. Hentok Phom, convenor of the jubilee thanked the present executives, jubilee committee, alumni and well wishers for their effort in making the jubilee a success.
The formal function was followed by an ethnic dinner prepared specially by the Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation (ENWO) exhibiting the various traditional delicacies of the six tribes of Eastern Nagaland. Later a cultural extravaganza was hosted displaying talents of Eastern Nagaland with performances by bands like Tali Angh, Moba Inngang Band, Wannyen Bezo and Solo artist Vivian Chang. The upcoming designer Doichong Phom showcased her ethnic fusion designs. Mrs Universe Sincere 2016 Nancy Kohli walked the ramp as the showstopper. The event ended with the display of the traditional attires of the six tribes by the students of DENSU. The event was managed by the event partner Fingerprint, Dimapur and official photographers were Stoned Photography and Delhi Fashion Club.