‘Nagas need more citizens with dreams’

Dimapur, Jan 31 (MExN): Outgoing Nagaland Governor, relinquishing his office, said the Nagas need more men and women with dreams to solve the problems and difficulties facing the state today.

“We need greater number of men and women with dreams rather than with memories to make a difference”, the ‘People’s Governor’ stated in his final message as Governor of Nagaland, to the people today. Datta said a bright future awaits the Nagas if they work collectively to ignite ideas and create dreams to move forward. He expressed hope that one day the Nagas will ‘rise and rise to conquer all their problems and difficulties’ for a better society based on peace, integrity and prosperity.

Datta also said ‘power-driven government’ helps to bring out the best in an individual, community or state. He called for a leadership which is propelled by wisdom and moral vision since such leadership raises above all infirmities, selfishness and leads the people from the front. Such leadership does not suffer from the lure of power, status and money, but become role models for the people and motivates and guides the institution and systems to work for the greater welfare of the people, Datta stated.

On the economic front, he said the state has no dearth of natural and mineral resources. He however lamented that these are not exploited suitably. He called for more entrepreneurial skills from the youths which, he said,  are a must for growth and development. 

Datta identified the field of farming, tourism, handloom, handicrafts, music, art and sports etc and stated that if harnessed fully, it will provide a real scope for opportunities of employment which would tackle backwardness and at the same time, meet the aspirations of the youth and women.   

To achieve all this, there is no single blueprint for success. ‘Success comes through experimentation and cration of our own version of economic growth and development’. He called for the revival of dignity of labour and work culture among the Nagas’, asserting that the educational system should be such to help those at ‘bottom of the social pyramid to climb socially and economically’. He called upon the people to integrate into the process of globalization through the ‘Look East Policy’ that the Government of India has launched. He called for better infrastructure and good domestic policies under good governance, with transparency, accountability, quality of the governed and institutions.

Walking down the memory lane of his five year stay in the state, the popular Governor said these years have made him discern and perceive the fast and interesting changes that are taking place in the Naga society and in the minds of the Naga people. He recollected that his interactions with students, youth, teachers etc., helped open several doors and made him learn so much about the people. He also mentioned that initially there was some suspicion in the minds of some about the “motive” behind his interaction with the students, however, he stated that perhaps they realized his intention was not a suspect.

He recollects those changes as happened when the peace process was started in 1997. he perceived the changing mood of the people in the outburst ‘of popular feelings witnessed in Mokokchung, Dimapur, Phek, Zunheboto, Mon and Kohima. The most significant introspection on the part of the church leaders was, according to Datta, expressed by the NBCC on January 27, the day his term ended as the Governor of the state this year, during their ‘impressive’ silent march

Datta considers the Naga sentiments expressed to him as overwhelming and stated that he feels greatly humbled by it. He stated that such love for him reflects the generosity of the Chief Minister and the Nagas who are known for their expansive and effusive state of mind. Datta stated that the five years of his stay in the state as governor are the most memorable period of his life, and that it will remain firmly etched in their minds. He said that it was ‘great’ working with Governor of Goa SC Jamir, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, members of the two cabinets and a section of the state bureaucracy among others.