Late Chiten Jamir laid to rest

Mortal remains of former Deputy Chief Minister RC Chiten Jamir at the funeral service held March 22 at DDSC stadium. (Morung Photo)
Dimapur, March 22 (MExN): Veteran political leader late RC Chiten Jamir was laid to rest at Naga Cemetery in Dimapur today. Earlier his funeral was held at the DDSC stadium where relatives, friends, well wishers and political leaders paid their last respects to the Naga leader. Family members of late Chiten Jamir remembered him not only as a great leader among Nagas but also a compassionate family man. His sons and brothers-in-law paid obituary to a man they fondly loved and respected.
Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, representing the Government of Nagaland, read out Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s condolence message. Rio described the late leader as a true son of the soil. He maintained that late Chiten Jamir as well-read; straight forward and one of the most respected leaders among the Nagas. The man had great concerns for Naga people and was instrumental in shaping the future destiny of the people, Rio remarked.
On a personal note, Imchen said that late Chiten Jamir was a man who never deviated from his principals. “He was not bothered if he was alone or with people…he stood for truth,” Imchen said of the late leader. He added that the deceased was impartial; a man who spoke and wrote without fear. He said that late leader led his people with wisdom and that wisdom would remain with the Naga people. He said that the late leader’s absence will be strongly felt in coming days.
Conveying condolence messages from Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CWC member Luizinho Faleiro, NPCC President SI Jamir said the party will greatly miss late Chiten Jamir’s absence.
The Congress party described him as the “Father of Congress in Nagaland.”
Jamir added that late Chiten Jamir accomplished his mission in life. He said that late leader believed in peaceful achievement of goals, and even during the turbulent days of Naga struggle tried to establish peace. His vision of seeing an honourable solution to the Naga political problem, though remained unfulfilled, the late leader worked very hard and passionately for the cause, Jamir added.  Jamir said that the younger generation must emulate the great leader’s wisdom, straight forwardness and purity of heart.
Governor Nikhil Kumar, Dr. SC Jamir, CM Chang and I Imkong also sent their condolences to the bereaved family members.  Ao Union, Dimapur, Chuchuyimlang Dimapur Area Senso Telongjem, Langpangkong Senso Telongjem Dimpaur, Akhoya Village Council and Akhoya Union, Dimapur all paid their tributes to the late leader. He represented Arkakong assembly constituency four times and held several important ministerial portfolios including that of the deputy chief minister. He retired from active politics but continued to contribute to society through his writings on both socio-political and religious issues.