‘A new dawn of a new Nagaland beckoning us’
Dimapur, November 30: In what appears to be an indication of an early announcement of a settlement to the decades old Indo-Naga political problem, Nagaland Governor RN Ravi today said Nagaland is on the cusp of history.
“Friends, today Nagaland is at the cusp of history. A new dawn of a new Nagaland is beckoning us. For this, my sincere thanks and gratitude to the people of Nagaland, the tribal bodies, grass root organizations, civil societies and the Church leaders,” he said.
Greeting the people of Nagaland on the eve of the 57th Statehood Day of Nagaland, Ravi in a message said it is now the sacred responsibility of all to build a New Nagaland, where every citizen is free from fear, fear of gun, fear of deprivation, fear of ignorance, fear of disease, fear of lack of opportunities and above all fear of unable to dream big.
“Such a Nagaland has to be built by all the 2 million people of Nagaland. It cannot be built by government alone. It is possible only through a mass movement in which every citizen is an active partner in this holy enterprise,” he stated.
The Indo-Naga peace talks had successfully concluded on October 31 last, and Nagas are now anxiously waiting for the announcement of the settlement by all parties involved in the talks. Governor RN Ravi was the Government of India’s Interlocutor in the talks.
In his message, the Governor insisted that the new Nagaland has to be built on a foundation of rule of law, transparency and accountability; where the majesty of law does not discriminate the rich and poor, strong or weak, majority or minority; where governance, be it at the village or State level is transparent and accountable.
“We need to build a culture of transparency, accountability and respect for law. A Nagaland where those in the authority discharge their duty in spirit of service.
“Such a Nagaland will be free from corruption, where citizens will feel empowered and those in authority will be humble, steeped in the spirit of service,” he said.
Stating that Nagaland is blessed with unparalleled promising potential – both human and natural, Ravi said, “We have to build our precious human resource. They are like uncut diamond. They have to be cut and polished with care. They have to be physically healthy and intellectually at par with the best in the world.”
Calling upon health workers including doctors and paramedics and teachers, especially those serving in the far-flung rural areas to render their service with utmost sense of responsibility, he said, ” I know that you are working in hard living conditions and I salute your dedication and service. But look at the people you are serving. They are in much worse situation. Their day-to-day life is a tedious struggle. They urgently need your service.”
Ravi also urged the youths to take care of their health and be aspirational, even if the present prevailing situation around is not adequately conducive. He assured that the situation will change soon for the better.
“Success in today’s highly competitive world depends solely on proficiency in useful knowledge. Pursue a career that equips you with useful knowledge, a knowledge that will make you and your family’s lives better,” he exhorted.
Maintaining that the dominant ethics of a tribal society is its egalitarian character, the Governor rued that today there is a trend among the people to look down upon those jobs that are in the nature of essential services as infra dig. This, he said, is contrary to egalitarian values and is creating certain undesirable imbalance in the society.
“We need to restore among us a sense of dignity of labour,” he insisted.
“We need to harness the enormous natural resources of our State. It is possible with innovation and use of modern technology. Living conditions of our farmers must improve. They need be given required inputs to be more productive.”
The Governor also paid tribute to past leaders who toiled under exacting circumstances and secured Nagaland within the constellation of Indian Union with a unique status safeguarding the tradition, customs and culture of its people besides its land and resources. “…we remember them and their sacrifices and pay our solemn homage to them with a sense of immense humility and utmost gratitude.”
On the occasion of the Statehood Day, which also marks the beginning of a month long celebrations all through the State, starting with Hornbill until Christmas and New Year, the Governor urged all to awake and arise to the beautiful new possibilities for a new Nagaland.
“With God’s blessings, the journey of transforming Nagaland has begun! Together we will make it beautiful,” he added. (Page News Service)