Freedom of speech is a way of life—Tokheho Yepthomi
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Aug. 30: The lone Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Nagaland, Tokheho Yepthomi on Friday emphasised on the importance of a strong opposition; and the relevance of criticism and freedom of speech in a parliamentary system, especially in a democratic country like India.
He was addressing the 32nd Regional-level Youth Parliament competition of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Tinsukia Region at KV, Project Sewak in Dimapur.
“Freedom of speech is, not only a Right guaranteed by the Constitution, but a way of life, where debate, criticism and correction form the essence of a tolerant society,” he said and added that “to have a good governance, a strong opposition is required.”
The veteran parliamentarian also enlightened the participants and students about the practices and procedures of Parliament, while also emphasising on the importance of promoting competitions within the Parliament.
He said that it was an “opportunity for all participants to exhibit their oratory skills and presence of mind” and added that it would not only boost a person but also instil in them, skills which could hold them in good stead in life.
Yepthomi also commended the Parliamentary system of the country asserting: “India is the biggest democracy in the world and it is indeed a blessing for all that it enables the citizens to choose a leader of our choice which is an inspiration for many others, who strive to become a democracy.”
SV Joglekar, the Assistant Commissioner at KVS regional office of Tinsukia region, stated that the programme was aimed at nurturing students, and to help them discover their talents, irrespective of culture, language, beliefs and ethnicity.
He also said that youth parliament is in itself a beginning on the practice of democracy that teaches a person how to respect the views of others.
Five KVS namely, KV Rangapahar, KV No.1 Imphal, KV Duliajan, KV Dinjan and KV Tinsukia, participated in the daylong event. KV Duliajan stood first in the competition and will now represent the region at the National level.