Minister Tongpang Ozukum and others during first Fresher’s Social cum Cultural Session of six federating units of Eastern Naga Students’ Union Kohima on September 8 in Kohima. (Morung Photo)
ENSU Kohima converge for first Fresher’s Social cum Cultural Session
Kohima | September 8
Minister for PWD, Mechanical, Housing and R&B Tongpang Ozukum today said that what Naga society needs today is indeed fraternizing in every aspect. He said this while addressing the 1st Fresher’s Social cum Cultural Session of six federating units of the Eastern Naga Students’ Union (ENSU) Kohima here at NBCC Convention Centre under the theme “Fraternisation with one culture.”
During our forefather’s time, he said, their main interest was their family, their clan and their village. They regarded that as their culture, and which should not be interfered by anyone. And so they coexisted as independent nation or entity for many decades. Over the years, Nagas, as a people have survived our culture with perseverance and endurance.
“Therefore, it is pertinent for the younger generation to preserve our own culture in order to preserve our own identity,” Ozukum said. The minister said that what Nagas need today is unity in our diverse culture and tradition. “Nagas need to socialize more within us, we need to understand each other more, we need to mingle together with trust and respect each other then only we can truly fraternize with each other and with one culture,” he said.
Quoting as the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand mile begins with the first step,” he said let it be the first step for us to have mutual respect, trust one another and peacefully co-exist. He encouraged the students to try to be well educated and not literate. “A person who can read and write and who has a degree is considered as literate person. But a person who can read and write, who is well mannered, disciplined, knowledgeable, well cultured, sophisticated and skilled is considered as well educated,” he said. “Our Society needs well educated people and not literate person,” he said.
Stating that there are 60,000 to 70,000 educated unemployed in the state, he said “In this competitive world we need the best of the best then only we can compete with others.” Urging the students to lay a sound foundation for their future, Ozukum said that a strong foundation can be laid by adopting positive attitude in life. “The culture of positive thinking should be the ultimate role of a student,” he added.
Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) president Sepili Sangtam and Ete Coffee founder Lichan Humtsoe also exhorted the gathering while Nagaland Baptist Church Council finance secretary Rev. Yamyap Konyak prayed for the freshers. Organizing committee convener Henmei Phom delivered welcome address while organizing committee finance secretary Aliba Sangtam proposed vote of thanks.
Several dignitaries including Awan Konyak, chairperson, Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights were also present at the session. The programme was followed by folk fusion and talent showcase.