Chesezu Village (Phek) Jan. 11 (EMN): The 5th Chakhesang Day was observed on Thursday under the aegis of the Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) to celebrate the unity and integrity of the tribe since it was recognised on Jan. 10, 1946 by the British Indian government.
“We (Chakhesang) were called eastern Angamis till 1946,” said MLA Dr. Chotisuh Sazo, adding that it was on Jan. 10 when the visionary leaders came together and decided to be separated from Angamis as a tribe.
“As a recognised tribe, we are now 73 years old. Let us maintain this spirit of unity and togetherness that is instituted by our forefathers,” said Sazo.
Stating that Chakhesangs are a unique group of people, he said “Our identity is simplicity, honesty and hardworking. Let us uphold the integrity, unity and dignity of Chakhesang. Let no man break this bondage of family, brotherhood and as community.”
Former minister Thenucho Tunyi maintained that Chakhesangs have made a number of contribution to Naga people, be it social, economic or cultural, and “even in political principles we are rooted like solid rock until our goal is achieved.”
“Hence, we should try to live a dependable and honest life,” he stated, adding “we have achieved great milestone that have changed the face of our Naga society yet we still have much to learn, grow and contribute. We can build Naga nation as a force to be reckoned with.”
Former minister Zachilhu Vadeo in his speech stressed on the need to uphold and adopt the good traditional values of the forefathers. He maintained that strict adherence to taboo, fear and shame will transmit favourable life and prosperity. He also called upon the people to promote and improve traditional songs, dance and local languages.
Former minister Zhovehu Lohe called for a strict implementation of CPO’s restriction on import of pigs in the Chakhesang jurisdiction. Praising all the concerned villages for maintaining reserved forest, he stressed on the need to impose a total ban on hunting throughout the year. He also emphasised on the need to give special focus in the areas of education, economy and leadership.
Lohe felt the need to revisit the function of Village Development Board (VDB), adding that trust deficit should not be the ground to tarnish its image. He suggested instituting a citation/award programme for the best performing Village Councils and VDBs to instil competitive spirit.
Earlier, minister for Planning and Coordination and Land Revenue Neiba Kronu released a CPO research handbook titled: “Path Finder- A simple and comparative study of Chakhesang Languages.” CPO president Kekhwengulo Lea said that the handbook was published to promote better communication among the different dialect groups and to be used in Sunday schools to help children understand each other’s dialects.