What the Nagas need most at this time is unity: TR


Our Correspondent
Kohima | October 17


Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Saturday called to attention that the Nagas were badly in need of unity in order to translate the August 3 Framework Agreement into a conclusive and peaceful resolution.


“Now that the Naga political issue has entered into a new phase with the signing of the Framework Agreement between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM), we are badly in need of unity, at this crucial time, to translate the agreement into a conclusive and peaceful resolution of the Naga political issue,” Zeliang said while addressing ‘Leaders Walk the Talk’ event organized by Leaders Arise Nagaland (LAN) at the local ground, Kohima.


He called upon the leaders of Nagaland, including the political leaders, the church leaders, the tribal leaders, the civil society leaders, and the leaders of the Naga nationalist groups etc. to rise to the occasion.

“We have to collectively address the needs of the situation. At this point of time we have to sink our petty differences, misunderstandings, forgive and forget the wrongs and not to point fingers at each other, and unite for the sake of the present and future generation of the Nagas,” the chief minister invoked.


Zeliang also stressed on the need to rope in the youth in large measure, if “our movement is to make a really meaningful and significant impact.”
The chief minister felt that in this age of computer and internet, the youths were progressively becoming the drivers of the society.


“We need to educate our youths to use the social media platform, such as Naga blog, Naga spear on facebook, SMS, twitter and WhatsApp etc in the right perspective,” he said.


What the Nagas need most at this time is unityZeliang said the youths can set the tone and agenda for many changes and social reforms through the use of technology and social media. At the same time, he also cautioned that misuse of technology could inflict irreparable damage to the society within a short span of time.


The chief minister also expressed gratitude to Rev Luoliehu Yimsung, founder LAN, at whose initiative the event was organized.


After spending several years of useful and active service in Australia, he has come back home with a mission to transform our society, through innovative concepts and approaches, Zeliang said.


He also believed that the ‘Leaders Walk the Talk’ is an event essentially aimed to awaken the Naga leaders and remind them of their heavy responsibilities at this critical time of history.


Rev Luoliehu Yimsung, in his address, said the ‘Leaders Walk the Talk’ initiative would be taken to every district of the State annually and therefore called upon the public to take the ownership of the event.


Minister for Roads & Bridges Y Vikheho Swu; Naga Mother’s Association advisor Dr Rosemary Dziivichii, Angami Public Organization president Dr Vilhousa Seleyi, Rev Dr Chingmak Chang, Kezhokhoto Savi, adviser LAN, ACAUT Nagaland and NMA, Yanpvuo Kikon, founder Naga Blog and Pheluopfelie Kesiezie also spoke on the occasion.