Former Nagaland chief minister Dr SC Jamir, who recently received the Padma Bhushan award from the President for his distinguished service in the field of public affairs, advised the Nagas to take pride in their history but also not follow wrongdoings of the past.

He was speaking to officials of Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD) at Nagaland house in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The NSUD team, led by president Issac Charenamei and general secretary Vitso Rio, had called on the veteran Naga politician to congratulate him on being conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. The NSUD team was accompanied by its advisors Kuolie Mere and Mavio.

During the meeting, Jamir expressed concern on how the Nagas were still stuck in the past. The former governor of Goa, Maharashtra and Odisha also advised the student leaders that the only way forward for the Nagas is to live and excel at present, which is possible through hard-work.

“Nagas cannot afford to remain static in this fast changing world,” Jamir said.

Jamir then advised the student leaders to not follow the wrongdoings of the older generation but instead cultivate the work culture of the present times and make contributions towards nation building. In this regard, he advised the student leaders not to only take pride in the past history but to also make history.

The veteran politician also mentioned that Nagas have two identities—Christian identity and Naga identity, which according to him, reflects honesty, hard work, courage and integrity. He encouraged and challenged the younger generation to live up to these identities.

On behalf of 50,000 Naga students living in Delhi, NSUD president Issac Charenamei congratulated Jamir.

NSUD GS Vitso Rio also acknowledged Jamir’s contributions to the Naga society. The student leader thanked Jamir for being an exemplary ambassador and a true torch bearer for the Nagas.

During the meeting, NSUD advisor Mavio highlighted the need for the Nagas to unite. He called upon the various civil society organizations that has distanced itself from NSUD to reconsider being part of the Naga family—with the wider vision to constructively work for the greater welfare of Nagas living in Delhi.

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