Niketu Iralu awarded with ‘Rotary Peace Award’


Kohima, June 10: Renowned Naga social and peace activist, Niketu Iralu has been conferred with the prestigious Rotary Club Kohima Peace Award for 2018.
Rotary Club instated the peace award in 2016 and the first award went to Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) last year while Iralu received the second RCK Peace Award.
Making a brief profile presentation about the recipient, Rotarian Kezhokhoto Savi said the 83 year old peace activist, Iralu had worked fulltime with Moral Rearmament (MRA), now called Initiatives of Change since 1957. He was a chairman of Naga Reconciliation Commission and Peace Committee of NBCC. He worked with NMA to establish Mt. Gilead Home for Counselling Rehabilitation of Addicts. Received Awards from Assam Government for National Integration and the UN Brahma Foundation – The Soldier of Humanity Award.
Nonetheless, the award was received by Aziebu Shaiza, son of the first and only Naga women MP Late Rano Shaiza as the recipient is reportedly attending an international dialogue on celebrating difference and melting divisions in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The award carrying citation and cash prize was officially handed over by Rotary International District 3240 President Sunil Sharaf during the formal function held last night at Hotel Japfy Kohima.
In his address, Rtn. Sharaf while lauding the efforts of Iralu in taking up the cause of peace throughout the North East region and beyond encouraged the Rotary Club Kohima to take the challenge to work towards the welfare of the society.
He also asked them to uphold the five ingredients as Rotarians – Service, Friendship, Network, Leadership and Integrity.
Rotary is unique from all organisations which gives an extra energy to understand and resolve problems with the support from the members of the family who comes from different backgrounds and professions, he said.
He said that Rotary Club Kohima though has a group of 21 members should not be discouraged but they should be proud of being the members of a family with over 35000 clubs and 1.2 million members spread across 220 countries in the world.
He also appealed the Rotarians in Kohima to do something major which is noticeable and permanent in order to bring about positive change in the society.
Assistant DG R S Panesar also exhorted the gathering. The function was chaired by RCK president Z Tokishe Sema while an overview of RCK was presented by Charter president Dr Rosemary Dzuvichu introduction of the District Governor was done by Rtn Dr Neisato mero and votes of thanks tendered by Rtn Ase Yhome.
(Page News Service)