KOHIMA: Former Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang urged the Zeliangrong students to remain steadfast in their desire to uplift the tribe in the state.
In his address at the General Conference of All Zeliangrong Students' Union (AMN) at Beisumpuikam Village in Peren recently, the
Chairman of United Democratic Alliance said that student leaders had a big role to play in building and uplifting the society.
He said that there was a time when student leaders lost their focus and forget their duty thus paralysing their organizations.
The student community and youths, who are leaders of tomorrow, should actively participate in important discourse and should be more vocal for unity, said the former Chief Minister.
According to him, with employment in government sector was in a point saturation and that everyone cannot be accommodated in government job.
He further deeply remembered the seeds of unity and self-determination sown by brave leaders like Haipou Jadonang, he said that it should be respected, honoured and spread across the length and breadth of the the major Naga indigenous tribe.
A tribe without its history could be termed as a lost tribe, said Zeliangrong. He further encouraged the student community to understand the significance of preserving their history.
Deputy Commissioner of Peren, Vineet Kumar explained how to cope up with clan disputes while maintaining the spirit of oneness and unity among the Zeliangrong community in order to move forward.
Leaders of Zeliangrong Mothers Organisation also addressed the gathering. The general conference on "Zeliangrong-Then and Now" was attended by more one thousand delegates from different units from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
Notably, the population of Zeliangrong in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland is estimated to be around 3.7 lakhs if one goes by 2011 census data. In the north eastern state of Nagaland, Zeme and Liangmai numbers around 74,877.