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Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Northeast Today

Decades of strife left Nagas underdeveloped: Neiphiu Rio

Decades of strife left Nagas underdeveloped: Neiphiu Rio
January 17
10:07 2020

NET Bureau

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that the Nagas were deprived of peace and development owing to decades of strife.

Addressing the 72nd general session of the United Sangtam Students’ Conference at Seyochung village in Kiphire district on Wednesday, Rio said that the time has come for the Nagas to shed all differences, unite, reconcile, forgive and forget to build the future in oneness and harmony, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said on Thursday.

“As leaders of tomorrow, the students need to understand Naga history and take up the responsibilities of changing the mindset of the people towards peace, progress and development,” he said.

Quoting an adage that a child without education is like a bird without wings, Rio said learning is a lifelong process and education prepares a child to face the realities of life as it sets one free by giving an individual the power to think, reason, understand, act, and also to obey the rule of law.

The Chief Minister said the people have to overcome and shed the tag of backwardness.

Stating that the advent of Christianity in Nagaland in 1872 was the best thing that happened to the Nagas, Rio said Christianity and education had brought the Nagas thus far.

“So, as students, you have to obey your parents, your teachers, and you have to focus on the Christian teachings and values so that we can get quality and real education,” he said.

Saying that the Nagas are at a crucial juncture of the Naga political issue, the Chief Minister pointed out that the negotiations between the negotiating parties successfully concluded on October 31 last year.

Rio pointed out that all 60 MLAs under the banner of the Joint Legislators Forum on the Naga Political Issue have come together to facilitate the peace process so that a settlement comes about.

“We hope that we will unite and bring settlement for peace and development of our State and to get the opportunities for the youth to pursue their goals and their dreams,” Rio said.

Protest against CAA: Nagaland Against CAA will organise a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Supermarket in Dimapur from 10 am on January 18.

In a release issued on Thursday, the organising committee said the protest is strictly apolitical and would be peaceful.

The protest will include speeches, music, skits and on-the-spot painting.

“When the whole country is in an uproar, Nagaland cannot remain silent. So it is a request to the public to show your solidarity with the rest of the country and participate in the protest,” the release said.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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