Minister Higher Education, Technical Education & Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along Longkumer, expressed dismay that the biggest problem that has emerged in Nagaland was “groupism”, which he said has broken up the society into smaller, wilder and even bolder groups to pursue one’s needs and goal. He lamented that the only way to pursue “our goals” was to come together as “pack of wolves”.
The minister was speaking as special guest at the Central Naga Students’ Association (CNSA) indigenous games and cultural meet, 2019, which was held at DDSC stadium here Saturday on the theme “Fraternity”.
Stressing on the theme, Along lauded the eminent tribes that chose to be a fraternity in order to stand with each other and chart a strong future for all the Nagas.
The minister, however, urged the leaders of CNSA to be careful while being a fraternity and reminded not to forget that they have a greater goal.
To be a forerunner in charting a decisive goal, he said one needed to be hardworking and consistent.
Lamenting that Nagas were lost in the mess of corruption, the minister, however, said that with times Nagas have started to search and preserve traditions, culture and indigenousness.
He said identifying oneself was not just about wearing the traditional attire alone, but the endeavour in the heart, the zealousness in the mind to be humble before God and man and to remember the indigenousness that God has bestowed to each and everyone from time immemorial.
“The true essence that we have to find today is the essence of our indigenousness heritage which should not be compromise in our individual life,” he remarked
Further, the minister encouraged the gathering to be responsible citizens, to adopt Nagaland as the “Karma Bhumi” – the working ground of the people – which should be watered properly in the acceptance of “each and every one of us in uniqueness.”
Speaking on the importance of games and sports, he said it should not only unite “our hearts, but also minds.”
He expressed optimism that the CNSA has come together to uphold each other and preserve one’s indigenous culture, games and sports in order to make the bond grow more stronger than yesterday.
Earlier, at the programme, CNSA president Himato Yeptho delivered welcome note was while CNTC president N Matong Jamir gave greeting.
Special invites of the programme included Garo Students’ Union Nagaland, Ghorkha Students’ Union, Dimapur, Kachari Students’ Union Nagaland and Kuki Students’ Organizations Nagaland.
Highlights of the programme included indigenous games competition: top spinning, go-karting and tug of war besides indigenous cultural display.