Renowned public figure Dr SC Jamir, distinguished with the Padma Bhushan and having served as both Chief Minister of Nagaland and Governor across multiple states in India, called upon the youth to lead a transformative revolution to address the pervasive issues afflicting Naga society. Speaking at the second edition of the Mokokchung District College Students’ Confluence as the guest of honor at Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung, Dr Jamir emphasized the imperative for societal change. Delving into the complexities of Naga politics and social dynamics, his discourse shed light on the pressing need for unity, integrity, and constructive action to address the challenges facing  Naga society.

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SC Jamir speaking at the second edition of the Mokokchung District College Students’ Confluence

The former Chief Minister of Nagaland, as well as former Governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa, emphasized the necessity for a righteous battle against the events and maladies corroding the fabric of Naga society. Addressing the youth, he posed the question: “What kind of Nagaland do you envision?”

Dr Jamir said that the unresolved Naga political issue is a significant contributor to the societal decay, likening it to a shipwrecked pilgrimage leading to disarray and a “headless body.” He lamented the apathy and indifference among the Naga populace, describing them as a “sleeping” and “unconcerned” people, fostering factionalism.

He noted the dwindling spirit of Naga nationalism and patriotism, reduced to mere rhetoric devoid of substantive action. Furthermore, he decried the pervasive gun culture that has distorted the pursuit of a free Nagaland.
Reflecting on the drafting of Article 371(A), intended to preserve the freedom and autonomy of Nagaland, Dr Jamir expressed regret over the rampant commercialization of politics and the commodification of voters in the state.

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He likened the fractured state of Naga politics to the broken walls of Jerusalem, symbolizing a barrier against external threats. Urging the youth to emulate the biblical figure Nehemiah, he called for the reconstruction of Nagaland’s societal foundations and the restoration of democratic principles.

Dr Jamir decried the prevalence of factionalism and tribalism in Nagaland, asserting their detrimental impact on community cohesion and progress. He advocated for a concerted effort to combat these divisive forces with the weapons of love, peace, reconciliation, and unity.

Encouraging a shift towards a positive mindset, Dr Jamir asserted the unity of the Naga people and appealed to churches to transform societal weaknesses into sources of wisdom. He implored the youth to embody bravery, honesty, and excellence in their endeavors.

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