Guwahati: In perhaps what can be termed as a first for a leader from Nagaland, Abu Metha, the secretary general of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), got an opportunity to highlight the “Nagas’ search for peace and political solution in the capital city of the world’s most powerful nation”.
As per a statement issued by the NDPP, which is currently in power in Nagaland in alliance with the BJP, Metha participated in a podcast interview in Washington DC, US, that was aired and broadcast to a global audience.
“The interview is more significant considering the fact that it was hosted by the CSIS, a recognised and acknowledged global think-tank that is headquartered in the US Capital. Metha highlighted the need for a political solution that is democratic and the aspiration of the Nagas to live together as members of the same family. He voiced confidence that the government of India and the Nagas would arrive at a democratic solution,” the statement read.
Metha was recently selected by the US government to participate in a special exchange programme — the Regional Project for Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia— under the aegis of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
The IVLP selects young rising leaders from around the world to undergo exchanges in the US along with exposure to America’s best practices and its principles of democracy, transparency and freedom and its structure of governance and the relationship between the federal and state governments.
“Some of the world’s top leaders in all fields have participated in the IVLP in the past decades. More than 250 personalities who have attended the IVLP have gone on to become heads of states, including former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Indian President Pratibha Patel, former British PM Tony Blair and present British PM Theresa May,” the NDPP statement added.