Wokha, Jan. 11 (EMN): The Lotha Middle Range Students’ Union (LMRSU) conducted a cultural programme for the first time at Akuk village on Friday, a day after its general conference concluded. The event was graced by Mmhonlumo Kikon, advisor of IT, science and technology, NRE government of Nagaland.
Speaking during the occasion, Kikon stressed on the need for personal, political and social reclamation and restoration by every responsible citizen; that he thought the Lotha community has taken it for granted.
He urged the students to strive and fight for a reason without compromising on the right and shares of the community as well as take a pledge to rectify the past mistakes and transform the society for the younger generation. Asking them to accept challenges and take up their responsibilities, he said the most important duty of a student is to study with determination, set a target to excel and contribute to the community.
Additional taxes commissioner of state taxes Wochamo Odyuo congratulated the students’ union for upholding and valuing the traditional way of life and practices of the ancestors by advocating the community to protect and promote the rich culture. He spoke on the culture practices and celebration of the Lotha tribe.
Meanwhile, elder citizen Khangshio Kithan highlighted how the Lotha tribe is different from other communities and how their forefathers built and laid the foundation of new villages in the past. He stated that their ancestors were well-organised, sharing different responsibilities and focused in their works.
M. Daniel Lotha, cabinet secretary GPRN, also spoke during the closing ceremony of the event. He recalled on the Naga political struggle and how the senior leaders took the pain and hardship in the past. He reminded the gathering that brighter days are in the offing because of their sacrifice, which he described as the “highest” that an individual can do for the Nagas.
He informed that India and the world have accepted the Naga issue as an indigenous one and its culture as unique. Saying that the frame work agreement is not a hidden agenda, he urged the gathering not to misguide the people as the integration and welfare of the Nagas would not be compromised.
He also informed the people to have a forgiving hea;, correct and encourage one another to elevate the society.
Earlier, senior citizen T.C Kithan NCS (Rtd) spoke on ‘transformation of Lotha society after British entry to the area and their administration upon the people.’ Imtiyapang Imsong, general secretary NSF, spoke on ‘Role of leadership,” LSU general secretary Ashanthung Humtsoe on ‘Importance of private sector,’ and the founder of the Naga Blog, Indihut and Native Station, Yanpvuo Kikon on ‘Role of social media & entrepreneurship’ during the afternoon session.
A total of 236 delegates from 19 affiliated units out of the 23 registered unit of LMRSU attended the event.