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Foster the love for learning: CM advises students

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DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today encouraged the students’ community to see that their journey in education is of improvement, where each lesson is a stepping stone towards unlocking their full potential.
Speaking at the 21st general conference of Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) at NEZCC Amphitheatre, Rio reminded the students that knowledge is a powerful tool that can shape their future and possibly impact the world around them. “You must foster the love for learning and emphasize the value of curiosity and continuously pursue personal and intellectual growth,” he said.
Congratulating the DNSU for coming together for the conference, the Chief Minister said that the pioneers of DNSU had a vision and had a concern that there should be unity amongst the Nagas and also promote, protect and preserve our rich customs, culture and traditions.
He said the pioneers and the past leaders of the Union are capable, committed and having integrity and principles to uphold our Naga rich culture and traditions and our customary laws.
Stating that township and cities are new things for the Nagas, he said, “Coming to organizations, we need an awakening and adapting with new system and culture but to preserve and protect our own culture and tradition.”
He saluted the pioneers and past office bearers who have contributed to make the Union strong in the urban area.
Dwelling on the theme of today’s programme, “Transforming unhealthy culture”, Rio said transformation comes in human lives and went on to deliberate on the transformation that came in European and Western countries, which also witnessed all human right violations.
He said Nagas also were head hunters and lived in isolation, naked and civilization did not reach them but when Christianity and education came to Nagaland, it brought transformation.
He called upon the younger generation, the student community to realize this transformation and discard and abandon unhealthy culture and adopt the new culture which is good for everyone.
“But if we are not aware then we will do wrong things. There are so many ailments in the society, therefore, this awakening is required for total transformation in Naga society”, he added.
Rio said after becoming Chief Minister in 2003, he realized lot of things and found that many things have gone wrong compounded with the Naga issue, which is causing problems to the Naga society.
He also talked about how the BEFR 1873 was implemented to protect the people of the Northeast, and the hill tribals.
Talking about the DNSU, he said the student body in Dimapur has been acting as a guardian for the students’ community because they are exposed to many kind of elements. He said when the Union was formed in 1977, there were many challenges and thanked the pioneers for taking up the challenge and passing on the legacy to the present generation.
He also hoped that the new team would continue to uphold this legacy, uphold the principles and bring unity while protecting the culture and tradition of the Nagas.
Referring to the statement on the Naga Students’ Federation on providing electricity/power, the Chief Minister explained that the State requires 180 megawatts of electricity but it gets only 130 megawatts. He said 90% of the power is purchased while 10% is generated from Doyang and Likhimro Hydro projects. He also disclosed that the State spends Rs 554 crores annually for purchase of power, but the revenue generation is only 286 crores annually. “We are losing Rs 267 crores on power”, he added.
He said it is not only the Government’s esponsibility but also the whole community’s.
About the general conference, Rio hoped that this conference be the testament to their resilience and unity and unwavering dedication and the values of DNSU, upon which it was built.
Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, Dr Numal Momin, who was guest of honour said that there are many unhealthy practices in the society which needs to be eradicated.
Citing an example in Assam, where people always try to tarnish the image of Nagas through various means, Dr Momin said there is a kind of hatred towards this community, adding, “One must give up such type of culture.”
He said with the development of science and technology lots of things have been created in the world and similarly people have modernized. However, he lamented that with modernization, people have also failed to value their culture.
He also cited example of youths indulging in drugs and said it is because of unhealthy practices in the society, people have lost values of their culture. “That’s why we are running after those dangerous substances and destroying ourselves, society and our culture. We must leave such type of unhealthy culture”, he said.
He urged the student community to come forward in fighting drug addiction in the society.
Dr Momin further said that cultural assimilation and cultural convergence is very much essential to understand the culture of other people. “Promoting other culture is very good but not at the cost of your own culture. We have to respect and promote your culture along with assimilation of other culture”, he said
Being a legislator from neighbouring Karbi Anlong, Dr Momin said being a neighouring State they have the responsibility for neighbouring States. He thanked the people of Dimapur for keeping the area peaceful.
He also assured the DNSU of all help in future.
The presidential address was delivered by Moayanger Jamir, President DNSU. Others who spoke on the occasion include Medovi Rhi, President, Naga Students’ Federation and Etsungmomo Kikon, President, Naga Council Dimapur. Sedelo T Vedeo presented the general secretary report.
(Page News Service)

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