Saturday, December 10, 2022

Naga society deeply divided by ism, says Rio 

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday lamented that Nagas were deeply divided into various groups, organizations, over ground or underground etc.
He said Nagas talk about unity for solution, but the society still “harbour ism”. Rather stressing on the need “to come to the level of Naga “ism”, Rio said only then “God may bless us and resolve Naga issue” and live in harmony and co-exist.
According to DIPR, Rio while addressing the people of Lakhuti village on the occasion of Tokhu Emong, said such festival was an occasion for people to spread the message for all Nagas unite and work to solve Naga political issue. .He, however, said that if solution is not arrived before the state assembly elections, they would have to contest as it was a Constitutional mandate to be fulfilled.
Lauding Lakhuti village for producing a host of leaders, officers, educationists and other eminent personalities, Rio said people of Lakhuti were living in peace and harmony among each other and attributed this on the advent of Christianity and spread of education.
He recalled that the forefathers used to worship some supernatural power controlling the universe and even after advent of Christianity, Nagas still celebrated these traditional festivals. He said it was the right thing to celebrate bountiful harvest and at the same time, urged upon Nagas to protect and promote their culture and tradition.
Rio reminded that Article 371A guaranteed protection to Naga customary laws and tradition and also barring outsiders from owning lands. He said the Article was enshrined to protect the Naga way of life and for which the state government had coined the slogan ‘Nagaland-Land of Festivals’. He also reminded that the slogan ‘Wokha, Land of Plenty’ can be more befitting when people are able to manage their natural resources with innovation and grow from strength to strength.
As people celebrate Tokhu Emong, Rio said it was appropriate that reviving the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the land culminate through unity of all tribes at the Hornbill Festival
Adviser horticulture & border affairs, Mhathung Yanthan while lauding chief minister Neiphiu Rio, reminded the people of Lakhuti how various developmental projects were launched under his leadership. He, therefore, urged the people to continue to extend support to the government so that government could do more to fulfil the wishes and aspiration of the people.
The chief minister was accompanied by Minister for Agriculture G.Kaito Aye, Metsubo Jamir Minister for Rural Development and Advisor for Law & Justice Dr.Chumben Murry and host of dignitaries and Party Officials.

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