Dimapur, February 5: The 3rd day of Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) general session at Loyem Memorial Ground, Tuensang saw cultural event which was themed ‘Ethos’ with Atokiho Sumi, president, ASSU as the cultural guest. Chang DBs and Chang Songdak Setshang Thangjam towed the log drum from the clock tower till the venue and the guest was brought seated on it.
In the event different cultural activities were displayed such as top spinning by Hakchang Students’ Union, playing mouth organ by Chendang Students’ Union, Chang folk tale by CCSU cultural troupe, traditional fire making by Ngangpong Students’ Union and beating of the log drum by the Chang DBs and Chang Songdak Setshang Thangjam.
Atokiho speaking on the occasion also presented a gift to CCSU signifying unity and friendship among the Sumis and the Changs.
“Our society is changing in a very rapid pace in both good and bad ways. While trying to catch up to the modern era our society is gradually losing the importance of our cultural values,” he cautioned.
Congratulating the CCSU team for incorporating the cultural event in the programme he urged the students to sustain one’s culture and warned that if it disappears the Naga identity will be lost.
“Today the reality of tribalism in Naga society is deeply rooted shattering Nagas into unwanted pieces and the sad reality is that the Nagas are enslaving and dominating one tribe over another,” he lamented saying that it is not wrong to be affiliated to one’s tribe and to feel proud but this should be more constructive and beneficial for all other Naga tribes as well. However he said that education is the answer to all odds, like a direction to heal the society.
Later in the day, different cultural dances were performed.
Earlier on the 2nd day achievers’ night programmes under the theme ‘Perspiration’ was held.
Sepili L Sangtam, president, Eastern Naga Students’ Federation graced the occasion as the special guest.
On the night 103 awards were conferred for excellence in different fields along with awards for distinguished girl child in the field of education conferred by Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaon (BBBP), Tuensang. Awards for distinction holders and best performing schools under Mission Wesen and Mission Zero% free were also given.
TVSU was given the award of the best performing federating unit of CCSU.
Sepili Sangtam expressed gratitude to CCSU for their ‘positive response and positive spirit’ to any calling of the federation. He stated that Tuensang being the headquarters of ENSF, CCSU has a big responsibility to respect and accommodate all the six colours of ENSF in good and bad times.
Short speeches were also given by vice president, Chang Gazetted Officers’ Association and Rev. Fr. Benjamin Chang on behalf of the awardees.
(Page News Service)