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Stop talking to dead horses: Dr. SC Jamir advises at NLSF seminar


DIMAPUR, JULY 21: Former CM of Nagaland and Governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, and Odisha Dr. SC Jamir on Thursday claimed the Nagas who only talk about the past forgetting the present and future are like people talking to dead horses and questioned the young generation of the State whether they want to continue talking to dead horses or ride ‘healthy and smart’ horses.
Speaking on the first day of the 2-day seminar on ‘Issues Confronting the State of Nagaland’, organised by Nagaland Law Students’ Federation, and underway here at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, Jamir said that while others talk about the past, he wants to talk about the present and quipped that even after years of discussion, Nagas don’t know what is being talked about as today’s political leaders continue to talk in phrases in ‘Queen’s English’ and Nagaland remains in a quagmire.
He asked the legal community to not be blinded by phrases and rhetoric and stated that the greatest famine that Nagaland is facing today is the famine of truth, for people are afraid of speaking the truth and questioned the attendants which comprised of the State’s legal minds, academicians and students if they want Nagaland to be a prisoner. He added that legal students should be the torchbearers of the State and that all the problems Nagas are facing are their own creations therefore it is the responsibilities of Nagas to solve them, and it is not ‘issues’ confronting Nagaland but ‘problems’.
Calling for a change in the mentality among the people and need for positive approach, Jamir mentioned that the young generation of Nagas, who are full of energy and ideas, can contribute in the restoration of the land which is severely wounded and no one seems to care about it.
According to him, once the Act East Policy matures in the coming few years, Northeast India will be the recipient of the new economic phenomenon and the youths must be ready for the harvest. Jamir said that they should not be like their elders but have a vision to start cleansing the system for a transparent and effective government in the State.
Advocate Kezhokhoto Savi, Assistant Professor of Kohima Law College and President of Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO), who spoke on the occasion about the legal status, powers and functions of civil society organisations (CSOs) said that in Nagaland there are too many CSOs and CSOs authorities but if CSOs work in the right direction, they are more than authorities.
In his address, he also asked the people to check whether the CSOs are truly functioning in the true sense of character with its aims at the highest ethical standard particularly of honesty and integrity or misguide the general public as Nagaland still have so many problems such as corruption, trust deficit, backdoor appointment, misappropriation and diversion of public funds, illegally deduction of certain percentage from public funds meant for development by way of ‘commission’ or party fund.
He said that every year the CAG report presents hundred and hundred crores of misappropriation of public money and questioned the inclusion of people in Lokayukta and various State Commissions, who are close to different political parties such as the case of former NDPP candidate being appointed as the Upa-Lokayukta.
In order to eradicate corruption, he said, the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI Act) may be the most powerful tool as “Information is Power”. He asked the people to engage in advocacy in creating awareness at the grassroot level and mentioned that in Nagaland various village councils’ resolutions are in contrary to the RTI Act that as they restrict citizens from filing RTI application to any authority without the permission of village council/authority and there are even cases when RTI applicants were fined by village councils. He said that the Government takes advantage of such resolutions and corrupt practices and CSOs should enable groups to implement progress that impact the larger society.
The seminar would conclude on July 28.
Speakers on the second day include spokesperson of Senior Citizen’s Association KK Sema and Convenor of Concerned People of Nagaland Kahuto Chishi Sumi among others.
(Page News Service)