Blame game not going to change history or circumstances, says K G Kenye
LOSAMI — K G Kenye, Minister for Power and Parliamentary Affairs, implored the need to stop the blame game within Naga society on Thursday, asserting that it is not going to change history or circumstances.
He made the remark while addressing the 77th General Conference of the Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) at Losami village in Phek district, where he was speaking as the inaugural guest.
On Nagas’ readiness for a sovereign nation, he noted that society is not ready for that and lamented how people have become overly reliant on imported goods, losing the virtues of their forefathers.
Recounting the history of the Chakhesang Students’ Union, formerly known as the Chakhesang Students’ Conference, as a mother organisation that assumed responsibilities until the apex tribal body was formed, he observed that much has changed and the society has come a long way, adding that the community has done its best to keep pace with the world.
He stated that the Nagas have faced numerous challenges and, unlike other communities, have had a chequered history; however, he said that they have shaped their destiny and moved forward, despite never having had the opportunity to fully exploit the inner human resources to their capacities and gifts.
He mentioned that Nagas are gifted in terms of topography, geography, and everything above and below the surface. Despite these rich natural gifts, he lamented that the Naga people face struggles in socio-political aspects.
According to him, instead of responding with constructive actions, Nagas react to situations by cursing and condemning, exhibiting radical behaviour.
Nevertheless, highlighting the positive aspects of the state, he said that Nagaland is one of the most literate states in the country and underscored the importance of students expressing gratitude to their parents and guardians for their sacrifices.
Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) president Vezuhu Keyho, in his exhortation, emphasised that the student’s life is full of opportunities and is crucial. He urged them to set clear goals and maintain discipline to achieve them.
He encouraged the students to put God first so that their efforts would be crowned with success. Furthermore, Keyho advised the students to be broad-minded and positive in order to avoid negativity and prioritise the interests and welfare of the Chakhesang community.
Mutsikhoyo Yhobu, secretary general of the Northeast Students Organisation (NESO), commended the CSU’s efforts in upholding its rich legacy and addressing societal divisions, attributed them to generational gaps and called for unity.
In his speech, Medovi Rhi, President of the Naga Students Federation (NSF), emphasised the dignity of labour and the need to break down barriers to societal progress. He stressed that education should serve as a human resource development factor rather than just an employment factor.
During the session, the presidential address was delivered by Avezo Kevin Kapu, and the welcome address was delivered by Cüsayi Lohe, convenor of the Central Organising Committee (COC). It was led by Vevotso Medeo, Tribunal General.
To commemorate the occasion, a monolith was unveiled by the inaugural guest, and the dedicatory prayer was offered by Rev. Z David Koza, executive secretary of Chakhesang Christian Revival Church Council. Minister Kenye also released a souvenir during the event.