Monday, November 28, 2022

Unity is a commitment and has to be lived: Along

Staff Reporter

Minister for Higher education & Tribal affairs Temjen Imna Along said Nagas had misused the word “unity”, pointing out that unity was a commitment that needed to be lived.
Addressing a gathering at the inaugural function of 3rd All Nagaland Dr Imkongliba Ao Memorial Open Volleyball Trophy organised by Japukong Youth Organisation (JYO) at Multipurpose Disciplinary Complex here on Wednesday, he stressed that unity should be a way of deciding to live together in understanding beyond all narrow domestic walls that wanted to break Nagas.
He lamented that the divisive walls of nepotism, hypocrisy and tribalism had creeped into the hearts of Nagas, silencing the 17 tribes of Nagaland.
Along appealed to Nagas not to stand with a divided Nagaland, but stand united as one people, adding that even though tribe was “our heritage, we should choose to live together”.
“We have to accept that Nagas are one people. Nagas should stop speaking of the narrow geographical lengths of tribalism,” he stressed.
He urged the gathering to raise their voice and pray for unity of the land and its people, also wondering whether one was ready to raise voice for the aspiration and dream to live as a united Nagaland.
Along mentioned that Nagaland would commemorate 60th anniversary of Statehood on December 1 and urged the citizens to uphold the State and its citizens in their prayers so that God guide them and bless them with wisdom, knowledge and unity.
Describing late Dr Imkongliba Ao as an eminent pioneer, Along said people would come and go, but the name of Dr Imkongliba Ao would be remembered forever.
Dwelling on the importance of knowing one’s history and roots, he said even though times were changing, he or she should not forget history and past leaders who had stood for Nagas.
He also thanked chief minister Neiphiu Rio for his enthusiasm in promoting sports in the State and cited the medals won by Nagaland in the recently-held North East Olympics, adding that the medals reflected the commitment and sportsmanship of Nagas.
He hoped that the agility and commitment of Naga sportspersons would enable them to play in national and international levels.
Along encouraged the participants by stating that it was due to destiny that sometimes they won and sometimes they lost and encouraged them to give their best.
Delivering a speech, Western Sumi Hoho vice-president Atomi Swu appreciated JYO for making the tournament inclusive and multicultural.
He said Imkongliba was a towering figure in the history of Nagas, stressing that he must be remembered for the role he played in ushering in an era of peace and stability that was desperately needed by Nagas during the Nehru-Indira years.
“We owe much to his visionary foresight and his competent guidance during those difficult times,” he remarked.
Speaking on the occasion, Dimapur Naga Students’ Union president Moayanger Jamir acknowledged JYO for organising a tournament in memory of the icon with much dedication and zeal. He also thanked the organisation for bring together Naga youth and providing them a platform for volleyball.
He expressed the hope that the platform would create a stronger and lasting peaceful relationship among all, while urging the gathering to march together in unity and mend the broken relationship.
The programme was chaired by Wabang Imsong and invocation offered by Nagaland Baptist Pastors’ Union president Imnatoshi Longkumer and welcome address delivered by JYO president Limayanger Imchen.
A special number was presented by Toshimeren and oath taking was led by organising committee member Lanuchuba.

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