Angami students to hold biennial conference
Kohima, April 15 (EMN): The Angami Students’ Union (ASU) is all set to hold its 29th biennial general conference as well as commemorate 75 years of Kohima sub- division students’ conference and 50 years of the union at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, from April 23 to 25.
This was informed by ASU during a press conference held at the union’s office in Kohima on Friday.
ASU president, Vizokho Zashümo, informed the conference would be held on the theme ‘Reflections.’ He said that the conference would provide an opportunity to reflect the process of understanding of valued past, present and the possibilities of what the union could be which requires them to do in future.
“The natural Angami Naga ways of life and norms to enable the real essence of doing what is right even if nobody is doing it and the principled ways of not doing what is wrong even if everybody is doing it are two concepts we aspire to reflect upon,” the president said.
“In the face of challenges posed by the pandemic, the question of how to wrestle with this difficult reality to restore the traditional ethos must be explored both individually and collectively,” he added.
Convenor of the organising committee, Kesosul Christopher Ltu, said the conference hoped to re-strengthened with the non-Angami tribes, which ASU have been associated with since 1946 including Chakhesang, Kuki, Rengma, Sumis of Pughoboto and Zeliang.
He appealed to all the former ASU’s executive members/ office bearers, family members of deceased office bearers of the five non-Angami tribes and Angami to attend the conference.
Due to the pandemic situation, ASU has reduced its invitation to 100 delegates each from four Angami ranges including Chakhroma, Northern, Southern and Western. Ltu informed that a maximum of 500 delegates including ASU officials would camped at the venue unlike previous years. He added that all necessary SOPs issued by the government would be strictly followed.
He further requested other public to avoid visiting Kisama particularly at night during this time as ASU would be deploying members to check unnecessary loitering.
The union also informed that it had allotted 6:30 am to 7:30 am as cleanliness hour throughout the conference, during which they would clean in and around the Naga Heritage Village area.
Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, would grace the inaugural session on April 24. Other special guests included Medo Yhokha, advisor of Technical Education and Election; Temjen Imna Along, minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs; Mmhonlumo Kikon, advisor of IT, Science and Technology and NRE; Neingulo Krome, secretary general of Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights and Kethoser Kevichusa.
Besides the formal sessions, a cultural session on April 24 would be held with all the six tribes presenting its cultural items. There would also be a competition on traditional games and activities such as indigenous cart race, local rice pounding, war cry, traditional fire making, bamboo stilt walking and others, the union informed.
The conference is being hosted by the Southern Angami Students’ Union.