Friday, March 24, 2023

Lack of truthfulness the bane of Naga society: Dr SC Jamir


Veteran Naga politician, former governor and chief minister Dr. SC Jamir, lamented that the acute shortage of truthfulness in the Naga society today was a bane of Naga society as against in the past when Nagas were known for being God-fearing and seeped up in the virtues of truthfulness.
He said this while speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Kohima Ongpangkong Telongjem (KOT) at Molu Ki, here on Saturday.
The veteran Naga leader who is the only living member of the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) which formulated the 16 Point Agreement in 1960 that formed the basis for creation of Nagaland state, also questioned whether the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly were true to the oath which they had taken in the name of God. Amid the confusion in society, Dr. Jamir said their commitment to the cause of the Nagas was also questionable.
At present, he said people were witnessing that Nagas were not truthful in their actions because they were in denial of what was written and agreed upon. Be it the churches, the government, the society or the individual, everyone is in a lost state of mind Dr. Jamir said.
He asked whether the Framework Agreement was signed in the spirit of truthfulness and understanding and if not why?
While pointing out that negotiations for Naga solution had been going on for over twenty years and the same has been written, read, revised front and back before it was signed, Jamir questioned why nothing has materialized? He said negotiations are conducted not just to discuss but to take action.
He further called upon all to remain steadfast and realize the commitment of ‘clean election’ for the upcoming election.
The other guest, and CEO IDAN, and former chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir, mentioned that KOT was formed on August 2, 1972, as a result of the political unrest in the state. He said KOT was the outcome of the sense prevailing then for a united front to cope with the political upheaval.
He also called upon the gathering to rethink and imagine a life that was not at all dependent on the government, review the implications of Article 371 A in the present day, and work towards empowerment of women in Naga society.
Earlier, delivering presidential address, KOT president, Jongpongtoshi Longkumer, acknowledged the contributions of the pioneers. He said any organization or a community reaching a milestone was an opportunity to look back on the things that were achieved and find ways to tackle challenges in the coming days.
He also encouraged the gathering to seize the moment and reflect on what they have achieved so far so the celebration would not be in vain.
Ongpangkong Mungdang president, Lipokmeren Jamir, also highlighted the plight of the living conditions of people in Mokokchung. He urged the gathering to contribute to the advancement of the town in their individual capacity.
To mark the occasion, the two oldest citizens of KOT in Kohima were also felicitated.
Earlier, invocation was given by KABA pastor, Temjen Sempo, special number by Kohima Ongpangkongtsür Telongjem & Kohima Mangmetong Senso Telongjem while vote of thanks was proposed by K Bendangtoshi Kichu
Other who gave short speeches included by Tir OM, Lipokmeren Jamir, Tir KAT, Chubalepzuk and Tir Tiasola, Kohima Ongpangkongtsür Telongjem.
Ongpangkong range is one of the most prominent ranges of the six ranges in Mokokchung district with 18 villages under its banner.


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