DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 12: Advisor, Sericulture, Excise & Minority Affairs, Zhaleo Rio on Tuesday said that Naga society needs to do away with “isms” and it should start with people holding public offices like politicians and bureaucrats.
Speaking as one of the guests during the 1st Brotherhood Sports Meet, hosted by Western Sumi Sports Association, here at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur, Rio said that there is a tendency among politicians and bureaucrats to fill their respective Departments/offices with people of their own tribes and added that this is not going away overnight.
Calling Angamis, Chakhesangs, and Sumis as brothers, he asked the attendants to support each other in what is rightful, while making sure that any individual should not be blindly supported just because he/she belongs to a certain tribe, as the whole Nagaland is watching the three tribes and the coexistence of the three tribes will not only benefit the tribes but all Nagas as a whole.
He also advocated the need of encouraging inter-tribe marriage.
Referring to social media as divisive and inflammatory, he claimed that the issue surrounding the DC’s office doesn’t have a tribal colour as diverse communities reside at both Dimapur and Chumoukedima.
Minister for Agriculture & Cooperation G Kaito Aye in his speech mentioned that it was during the tenure of SC Jamir, as Chief Minister of Nagaland, that Chumoukedima was planned to accommodate the DC Office to ease the congestion that he is for that provided that conveyance must be in place for Dimapurians.
Blaming “isms” for delayed Naga political solution, he stated that if things continue to remain like this, Nagas will vanish and right now there are only losers and no winners.
NPF Legislator, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu in his address mentioned that Angamis, Chakhesangs, and Sumis are brothers, having similar behaviour, lifestyle and practices, originating from Khezakeno village and once had the majority of lands in Dimapur but other tribes started purchasing lands “because they are wiser” and now have more land than the three tribes.
He said that Nagas as a whole are brothers and need to be united under one umbrella and it is time to say enough is enough, adding that once people had high respect for the Naga national workers, which no longer is the case because of their own factional interests.
The 2-day sports meet, which would conclude on October 12, will see the participation of 6 teams each for football (only for men) and volleyball (only for women). Out of the two teams from each tribe for each sport, one is “Veteran” and the other is “Select”.
(Page News Service)