Advisor for IT&C, Science & Technology and NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon graced the Tangkhul Union Dimapur (TUD) golden jubilee celebration as special guest, here, at Tangkhul Baptist Church compound, Darogajan, on Saturday.
Speaking at the programme, the advisor said fear and suspicion must be defeated by warmth, resilience and friendship which according to him, were the foundation of unity.
The advisor said Nagas were part of one family and no force could try to divide us (Nagas) on the basis of the boundaries that divided us.
He stated that the differences and similarities of each other’s culture should be appreciated by humor, friendship, interaction and engagement.
The advisor said unless people interacted with one another, there would always be a lurking suspicion or fear.
Conveying jubilee greetings to the gathering, the advisor urged upon them to reflect on the pain and joys of TUD’s journey, as reflecting on what had passed would adduce what sort of envisioning was needed for today’s generation.
The programme was chaired by Soching Luikham and Kanringla Rainam and invocation was offered by TBC Darogajan pastor, Wungreishang Khamrang.
Meanwhile, greetings was delivered by Western Sumi Hoho, Zhevihe Zumi, president, Tenyimi Union, Vekhosayi Nyekha, president, Konyak Union Dimapur, A Mosa Konyak and vice president, Tangkhul Naga Long, Tuisem Kamkara, while welcome address was delivered by secretary, jubilee organising committee, Worshim Kashungnao and presentation and speech by Yorla Dimapur Society (YDS), Caroline.
Highlights of the programme included cultural dance by Tangkhul Students Union Dimapur, cultural presentation by Yimkhiung Surale Cultural Society, Chümoukedima and group song by YDS.
Later, vote of thanks was delivered by president, TUD, Ayo Vashum and thanksgiving by Rev Candid Sareo.
TUD pledges to ‘consistently work for peaceful coexistence’
Commemorating the 50 years of its existence in Dimapur and as part of “a landmark pledge”, TUD decided to consistently work for peaceful coexistence with every community in the state.
Appealing the gathering to forgive the wrongs of one another, TUD president Ayo Vashum asked them to work towards peaceful coexistence with all tribal communities and read out the pledge which was followed along by the community.