NSA organizes research scholars colloquium


Dimapur, May 19: The Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA) organized ‘Research Scholars Colloquium’ on May 18 at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
Dr Zuchamo Yanthan, NSA president stated that since the formation of NSA, the ‘Research Scholars Colloquium’ was in NSA’s agendas and was delighted for finally implementing it. He said one of NSA’s main objectives is to create academic platform for nurturing and grooming the young scholars for building their confidence and leading them as critical thinkers in society.
Chairperson of the session Dr Susmita Dasgupta, who is an economist, writer, social activists and a visiting faculty in several universities across India and abroad, stated that looking at the past available literatures, not much have been done on Nagas and whole of Northeast and suggested that authentic proper documentation in the form of Encyclopaedia is the need of the hour.
The first speaker was Pfokrelo Kapesa, a doctoral candidate from JNU on “India’s Summit Diplomacy vis-à-vis Pakistan, 1998-2004” and examined how under the leadership of A.B. Vajpayee the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 1998-2004 pursued Summit Diplomacy with Pakistan.
The second speaker Khyochano Ovung, a doctoral candidate from Ambedkar University. Her paper titled “Co-relating Gender and Education in Nagaland: An Exploratory Study” explored the gender issue from 1870 to 1950’s. Her paper focused on the notion of ‘gender’ through education from a feminist perspective. She also examined the different shifts faced by the Nagas in their education system due to “encounter with the colonials, to the American Missionaries, Naga sovereignty and followed by the post-colonial nation-building.”
The final speaker Solomon Zingkhai, a doctoral candidate from JNU, presented his paper titled “Authenticity and the Social Space.” His paper starts by looking at the “transition from modern to post-modern society” and argues how this is causing “interest concerning questions of self-identity”, in relation to “the concept of authenticity.”
The presentation was followed by comments and discussions. (Page News Service)