Dimapur, February 1: Convener of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), Rev. Dr. Wati Aier blessed the 5th batch of MSW final year students while flagging off a 10-day study tour today at North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) Dimapur.
Expressing great respect for young people, Dr Wati addressed the small group of students specializing in peace and conflict transformation studies as social assets, public goods and contemporary social energies for change. Based on his years of experiences of spearheading Naga reconciliation process he asked the students of peace and conflict studies to be well-equipped with Track-II processes in dealing with the contemporary conflicts in the state and across nations.
With great sense of relief and satisfaction he also informed the students that the environment of deep suspicions, fears, insecurities and uncertainties are gone in Nagaland, and the days of hopes and aspirations has began, where men, women and children can walk freely on the streets.
A group of 12 MSW final year students, Pangiba Andrew, Atsola Sangtam, Buan Rongmei, Elizabeth Pojar, Kivi Sheqi, Kakito Chophy, Tokupo Sumi, Sebi, Dauphen Phom, Manpang Phom, Kelekono Angami and Susan Lotha specializing in peace and conflict transformation studies belonging to different indigenous communities will travel through three States – Assam, Nagaland and Manipur in their journey of listening and learning. The students will have series of interactions with intellectuals, political leaders, social workers and human rights defenders including women leaders belonging to different sections of society to study stories of political struggles in the three neighbouring states.
During the tour NEISSR students will also campaign for Clean India and Water Conservation as part of the “Swachhta Pakhwada 2020” under the instructions from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India.
On the last leg of the tour the student will also participate in a North East Regional level CSOs consultation on SDG 2030 at Loktak Lake which is being organized for submission to NITI Aayog, Government of India. The study tour is being conducted under the supervision of Dr Deben Bachaspatimayum, faculty member, NEISSR.
(Page News Service)