10:18 AMSolution to the Naga issue need of the hour: Imchen
Finding an early solution to vexed Naga political issue would be in the best interest of everyone including the Nagas, Centre and state governments said former minister and NPF legislator, Imkong L. Imchen.
Addressing a press conference at hotel Saramati, here Tuesday, Imchen said during his tenure in the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, he was the first person to propose the need to differ the general elections to the 13th NLA in view of the ongoing political dialogue, which later, was echoed by civil societies, NGOs and individuals.
Subsequently, the 12th NLA had gone to the extent of passing a strong resolution unanimously to press for a deferment polls, which was strongly supported and a memorandum for the same was submitted to the Government of India (GoI), Imchen said.
However, GoI had a different opinion and came up with ‘Election for Solution’, on this, Imchen said he had asked GoI to set a timeline for solution which the latter failed to provide.
He said the notion that the demand for deferment of polls by the 12th NLA was solely for political mileage was wrong and that the stand taken by the 12th NLA and also different NGOs and concerned individuals would be appreciated by future generations.
Imchen added that for him election to the NLA was always secondary compared with the Naga issue. Recalling the harrowing times he came across and in the course of time after the Naga uprising in the last 70 years, Imchen said the brute force inflicted on the villagers were still fresh in his mind.
Sharing his view on the social scene of the country, Imchen said atrocities meted out against Christians were a grave concern. He said he had always viewed Hinduism as one of the most accommodative and tolerant religion which lately was taking a different turn.
Stating that he had always been actively involved in protecting other religious beliefs in the state, Imchen lamented that minorities in other parts of the country were neglected.
Citing that religious tolerance and secularism were inherent strength of the constitution, Imchen said it would be impossible to turn India into a theocratic state.
On the line of unemployment in the state, Imchen said nowhere in the constitution of India or state legislative proceedings there had been any mention that government would provide jobs to every unemployed youth.
He added that youths these days were mostly after easy money, to get rich overnight and neglect hard work and dignity of labour.
He urged the youth to venture into entrepreneurial works and be engaged in hard work in order to lead a dignified life.
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