Dec 01, 2011

Nagalim: 48 Years of Statehood Today

Today, 1st December, marks the 48th anniversary of state status for Nagaland within the Indian Union, and has been used to highlight the praise the progresses made in establishing peace and development.

Below is an article published by The Morung Press: 

Extending greetings on the 48th year of statehood, Governor Nikhil Kumar has wished the people of Nagaland peace, development and prosperity.  In his address on the eve of Nagaland Statehood Day, the Governor paid tribute to the leaders who worked sincerely and untiringly towards the creation of the State. He said it was a landmark achievement at that time. “It gives our valiant people their own identity.  I am sure all of you will join me in acknowledging our debt of gratitude to their vision, foresight and their missionary zeal to secure the wellbeing of our people through the founding of our State,” the Governor said in his message.  Commenting on the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the State today, the Governor appreciated the efforts of law enforcing agencies, security forces, non-governmental organizations, the tribal Hohos, the civil society organizations, the Church bodies and the Forum for Naga Reconciliation for their commendable efforts in peace building. He said that the on-going dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN-IM has raised expectations of some accord being reached sooner or later. 

However, the Governor expressed concern about the increased incidents of crime. He said that the government is very concerned and has resolved to firmly deal with extortions and other anti-social activities in Dimapur and elsewhere in the State.

He said that it is the right decision because if there is to be development and progress, it is important there is peace in the State.

He added that the government is determined to achieve this objective; while people should also ensure that they live together in harmony; that there is unity cutting across tribes and communities and rise above narrow sectarian interests to take a view that is beneficial for the society.

The Governor said further that the need for development and economic growth is felt by all. He said that the State need funds for this and while it is pursuing requirement of funds with Government of India and the Planning Commission, the people have to focus on their own assets and create an environment conducive to investment. He declared that the most valuable asset is the youth.

The Governor also emphasized on the need to implement the Right to Education Act and ensure optimum utilisation of funds meant for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.  He said that State needs to exploit the tremendous tourism and investment potential that it has.  He said that by organizing mega events like the ‘Hornbill Festival,’ the State should be able to attract more tourists to the state.  He said that the state has rich mineral resources and favourable climate for development of horticulture and floriculture. There is also immense potential for plantation crops like tea, coffee and rubber on the vast tracts of hill slopes. “To exploit all these natural resources to our advantage, we need to strengthen our Infrastructure facilities, especially roads, bridges and power supply,” the Governor said.  

The Governor said that all this requires a firm commitment to resolve all differences and join hands for economic development.  He said that with strong community institutions and the spirit of working together, he sees hope for the future.  “I am sure, with the dedication and the good wishes of everyone, we will be able to overcome all obstacles and create a vibrant, economically strong Nagaland that founding fathers of our State had dreamt of.”  Nagaland was created as the 16th State of the Indian Union on December 1, 1963.