Imkong reiterates stand on inclusive solution

Imkong reiterates stand on inclusive solution
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Dimapur, April 20: NPF MLA, Imkong L Imchen today reiterated the stand that the Naga solution has to be inclusive. He maintained that Naga public are stakeholders and all have every right to ventilate their opinion to the Government of India and the negotiating parties and there is nothing wrong in it.
Talking to media persons here today, Imkong said during the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, where there was an opposition-less Government, everyone was equally concerned that the solution to the Naga problem is arrived at the earliest. He said even Naga people were united on this issue and wanted solution before election. “But now since the election has been conducted, Naga public is divided,” he rued. He opined that the Government of India should have deferred the elections since it has officially recognized the Naga political issue.
Naga talks have been stopped unofficially now, he added.
The NPF MLA also said that there is no law in Nagaland or in the Constitution of India, which states that Naga youths should be provided Government jobs.
He said Naga youths are facing the so-called unemployment problem today but nowhere in the Constitution of India or the legislative proceedings of Nagaland has ever adopted that all Naga youths should be provided Government jobs.
The former Minister said Naga youths know only Government jobs. He said the State Government has its own weaknesses but that does not mean that the Government is the only agency, which should provide jobs to the Naga youths.
Imchen also termed the education system in Nagaland as “wrongly oriented”.
“We are used to easy money, want to become rich overnight, but never try to work hard to lead a dignified life through entrepreneurship,” he said, adding many of the Naga youths do not understand this.
The former Minister also raised concerns on the increasing atrocities committed on the Christian community in India. He said Christian population in India is only 2% and asked whether it was a threat to Hinduism.
He said Hinduism is the most accommodative religion in the world but today things are different. “When Hindus were massacred or atrocities were committed in Islamic world, we Christians were equally hurt and felt the pain,” he said, adding, “Here in Nagaland we have been trying to defend and protect other religious practices.”
Imchen said that he has been involved in construction of Hindu temples and Muslim mosques and has never taken it as a threat to Christianity.
He also expressed happiness that Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio agreed with the Opposition to condemn atrocities on the Christian community during the Motion of Thanks and Budget Session.
(Page News Service)