Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Tribalism, clanism destroying fabric of society: Patton

Staff Reporter

State deputy chief minister, Y. Patton, Saturday asserted that the student community should come together and condemn tribalism and clanism, which he said were destroying the fabric of the Naga society.
“Tribalism and clanism have no place in the 21st century,” Patton said while speaking at the golden jubilee celebration of Dimapur Lotha Students Union (DLSU) here on Saturday.
Patton maintained that clan system was used for the convenience of inter-marriage by the forefathers. He, therefore, said that it should not be used for creating division. He cited examples on the existence of clanism starting from student body election to higher levels. He appealed to every section of the society especially Lotha community to not give space to anyone propagating clanism as it hampered growth and unity.
The deputy CM also called for cultural preservation by giving importance on the usage of mother tongue.
Lamenting that cultural traditions were fast losing significance in urban areas, Patton appealed to the students to ensure that they used mother tongue for conversation at home.
“Parents should also ensure that their children use mother tongue at home,” Patton said. He recalled that the DLSU was founded by a handful of students with late Renbo Lotha son of late Nyamo Lotha as its first president.
He reminded all to know the history and ensure that the vision and objectives of the founding leaders were upheld.
On the occasion, Patton released the jubilee souvenir and unveiled the jubilee monolith after it was dedicated by pastor Lotha Baptist Church Dimapur, Rev. Zanao Mozhüi.
Former principal of Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Rev. Dr. Ezamo Murry, who spoke on the theme, “envision radiant posterity”, reminded the students on the proper usage and meaning of vernacular language.
Lotha Hoho Dimapur chairman, Y. L.Jami and Lotha Students’ Union Wokha, president, Ashanthung Humtsoe delivered jubilee greetings.
A dedicatory prayer for the students was offered by Rev. R. P. Murry and a minute silent was observed as mark of respect to past leaders.
The programme began with an invocation by principal Holy Cross Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, Rev. Fr. Philip Yanpvuthung and welcome address by convenor jubilee organizing committee, K. Mhachio Odyuo while presidential address was delivered by DLSU president, Benthungo Jungio.

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