‘Can do great things with God’ — Naga leaders told
Kohima, Feb.8 (EMN): Nagaland can do great things ‘together with God if we choose to seek, change, know and do’ was the message delivered by Reverend Luoliehu Yimsung during the fourth edition of the Kingdom Leader’s Prayer Breakfast (KLPB) meet on Saturday.
The meeting was organised by Leader’s Arise Nagaland (LAN) and Father’s House Church (FHC), Dimapur at Hotel Vivor in Kohima.
Delegates from over 40 organisations including civil society groups, political parties, Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), tribal leaders, student leaders, educationists, church leaders and key individuals, attended the meeting.
Yimsung told Eastern Mirror that the meeting was significant because ‘being a Christian state, if we refer to the Bible, we can provide godly leadership and come together to pray for peace and prosperity of Nagaland’.
Robert Kikon, pastor of FHC said, “This is purely a spiritual gathering where we use the medium of breakfast to bring all the Naga leaders together because Nagas can only be united under the cross.”
NGBF president L Shalem Konyak and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu, said that Nagas were not ‘at ease and were living doubtfully as we do not know what position the government of India would bring us’.
The organisers informed through a statement that the next edition of KLPB would be held at Dimapur on November 28, 2020.
Vajpayee’s words taken literally—Jamir
In the absence of former Chief Minister SC Jamir, his son C Apok Jamir read out his speech. The speech highlighted the existing ‘malice in Naga society’, stating, “We have to solve some hard and bitter realities, otherwise Naga society will not see the light.”
Jamir said that when the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Kohima in 2003, he had “diplomatically” declared that the history of the Naga people was unique.
‘But this phrase was taken literally as if this was a special preserve for the Nagas,’ he stated while maintaining that every tribe or community has its own unique history.
“Many top leaders of underground groups interpreted it as a phrase of Naga political rights without studying in-depth the relevancy of this word of praise in the context of Naga political struggle,” it read. Jamir further stated: “In a democracy, the people are supreme and without their knowledge and consent their political future cannot be decided by anyone.”
The former chief minister also stressed on the need for Naga people to embrace change. “Change management is important for the state of Nagaland to survive in this very competitive world”. He urged Nagas to move on with the time and discard emotional attachment with the past. “The people of Nagaland have been too much obsessed with politics, as if this is the only one that could sustain a society,” he stated.