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Sun, 16 Feb 2020

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Gov Ravi greets Nagas on 71st R-Day; renews call for building ‘new Nagaland’

Gov Ravi greets Nagas on 71st R-Day; renews call for building ‘new Nagaland’
January 26
11:45 2020

NET Bureau

On the eve of India’s 71st Republic Day, Governor of Nagaland R.N. Ravi has extended his warmest greetings to the people of Nagaland and the country and reaffirmed the people’s “unwavering commitment to the fundamental values of our constitution- Democracy, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Secularism and Justice for all”.

He reminded people that Nagaland became the 16th state of the Indian union in 1963 through a peaceful process. In this, he paid tributes to the Naga People’s Convention (NPC), who under the most trying of circumstances, displayed “extraordinary courage, political vision and strategic foresight” in securing statehood with Special Status under Article 371A of the constitution of India.

Turning attention on “some people, using guns” who have tried to undermine the “historical reality of Nagaland state and its unique Constitutional status”, Ravi reminded them that “violence has never succeeded and shall never succeed” adding, “power through the barrel of the gun is a proven failed ideology.”

Ravi reiterated that in a democratic India, people are supreme and that differences should be resolved through peaceful dialogue and “not under the shadow of guns.”

He reminded “those with guns, that any attempt to subdue the people with fear is doomed to fail and bound to recoil.” Ravi urged them “to read the bold writings on the wall-and reformat themselves in tune with the reality before it is too late.”

The Governor said while the neighbours in the north east ”are marching ahead to greater prosperity”, the “two evils” – guns and corruption – had wrought “unacceptable toll on our people” by leaving Nagaland still in dire need of motorable roads, functioning basic health centres, schools with qualified teachers”. He said these “twin evils “ have caused development projects and other livelihood projects to suffer enormously.

Ravi said the present and future are being held to ransom by the “political economy of guns and corruption,” which were like a “vice grip, a heinous crime against our people.”

The Governor reiterated his government’s goal of “building a new Nagaland of our dreams, a Nagaland which will be in the front-rank of the states in the Indian union”. In this, Ravi said his government’s priority is for building a network of roads and to ensure road projects did not suffer, the state government has constituted a Highway Construction Protection Force In Nagaland Police. He also said the government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for a focussed and determined investigation of extortion cases and bring the culprits to book.

Source: Nagaland Post

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