DIMAPUR, JULY 3: Government of Nagaland accorded a grand State Funeral in honour of late Toshi Wungtung, Advisor, IPR, SCERT &VG on Saturday (July 3) at his mother’s residence at Purana Bazaar, Dimapur.
Toshi Wungtung passed away on July 1 at Delhi and his mortal remains was flown to Dimapur on July 2.
At the funeral service, Speaker Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Sharingain Longkumer on behalf of NLA, expressed grief and shock at the untimely demise of late Toshi and offered condolences to the wife, mother and family members of the departed soul. He highlighted on the colourful profile of late Toshi, his past and present personal experiences where he served as the President of Naga Students Union Delhi, his active participation with the NSF, his association for ethnic/native studies at the University of Texas USA, NEPED, UNICEF State co-ordinator for HIV/AIDS. Besides many others, late Toshi served as Spokesman of ENPO, General Secretary ENPO, and as a member in bilateral talks between MHA GOI and ENPO, the Speaker said.
He also worked on issues with the GON, GOI and Myanmar relating to international border pillars and survey, the Speaker mentioned. Further late Toshi was actively working on wildlife conservation particularly along the Saramati mountain and cross border areas, Sharingain said.
Minister, Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, offered condolences on behalf of the Government of Nagaland and termed the demise of late Toshi as irreplaceable.
Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang described late Toshi as a smart and promising leader of the Nagas and noted that his participation both within and outside the country, as remarkable. His immense contribution for the cause of the Nagas particularly Eastern Nagaland will be remembered, Zeliang added.
Convenor, PDA and President, NDPP, Chingwang Konyak said that late Toshi has worked tirelessly for the socio-economic and political development of Frontier Nagaland.
Delivering a short speech on behalf of Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union, (ENLU), Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Pangyu Phom termed as colossal loss for Nagas , particularly Eastern Nagaland, at the passing away of Toshi, who was still serving as Secretary General of ENLU. He was an asset who worked with wide range of knowledge in all spheres, Pangyu observed and said that his absence would be deeply felt.
Wife of the deceased, Lipokla described her late husband as her soul mate, confidant, man with highest calibre and noted that she was honoured to be his wife. Married in 2006, wife of late Toshi said that she shared a lifetime of love with her husband and said she would cherish the memories forever.
She further said he was a God fearing man with great respect for elders and always maintained good relations with family members and siblings. She thanked the Government of Nagaland for arranging a State funeral in honour of her late husband and to all present for comforting them during their time of grief and sorrow.
Others including I Toshitsubgba Aier, IPS, (Retd), Dokiu Kecham, elder brother and nephew Robin spoke on behalf of family.
Several others including Advisor ENPO and Yimchunger Union Dimapur also delivered short speeches and described the departed soul as the tallest ENPO leader, armour of ENPO, refined gentleman endowed with knowledge and a man of international figure. We will miss him as a person and not because of being an MLA, ENPO said.
Yimchunger Students Union, Dimapur, appealed to the State Government to consider the proposals submitted by late Toshi especially his desire for a district for the Yimchungers.
State Chaplain, Rev. TW Yamyap shared the word of God and also offered the benediction.
Other highlights of the programme included special number by the niece of the deceased, Miss Shiren Quinker and laying of wreaths by family members, Departments, NGOs, civil societies, well wishers and friends..
The programme was chaired by Principal Secretary Home, Abhijit Sinha.
Later, the mortal remains of late Toshi Wungtung reached home town accompanied by Advisor, Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha and MLA &Advisor, DUDA, Bongkhao, MLA & DPDB Chairman Kiphire, Yangseo and MLA H Chuba Chang today
Medo Yhokha spoke on behalf of Government of Nagaland and Angami Legislative Union and said it was a great loss not only to the people of Yimchungrüs and ENPO but it’s a great loss for all Nagas as a whole. He also conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and to the Yimchungrü people.
Bongkhao Konyak also shared about his close association with late Toshi known as Kokai (elder brother) since his student days. He also said it was a huge loss to the Naga people in general and people of ENPO and Yimchungrü in general stating his leadership qualities were incomparable.
Yangseo MLA also read out the condolences messages.
(Page News Service)