NSUD’s 60th Diamond Jubilee: A Grand Commemoration of Six Decades, Uniting Nagas in Celebration of Unity

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Delhi, Nov 12: In celebrating its 60th Diamond Jubilee, the Naga Students Union Delhi, the apex student body of Nagas in the National Capital Region, orchestrated a grand event themed, “Rekindling the Flame of Naga Unity.” The jubilant celebration saw active participation from Nagas residing across the national capital.

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The event took place at the well-known Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday, adding a touch of prestige to the celebratory atmosphere. The event received distinguished guests, including the chief guest, TR Zeliang, deputy chief minister of Nagaland, and the guest of honour, Khashim Vashum, minister for Vetv. & A.H. and Transport, government of Manipur.

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Among the esteemed dignitaries in attendance were Awangbow Newmai, Laisam Simai, minister for Water Resources and MLA, and advisor for Tourism, IPR & Printing Relief & Disaster Management, government of Manipur. The presence of Leishiyo Keishing, Ram Muivah, Losii Dikho, J Kumo Sha, MLAs from Manipur and Temjen Imna Along Nagaland minister added to the luster of the Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The first session commenced with the exchange of souvenirs and gifts with esteemed guests. NSUD president Yaorei Horam then delivered a compelling presidential address, emphasizing the crucial need for unity within the Naga community beyond borders and the pursuit of academic excellence.

NSUD president Horam eloquently emphasized the transformative power of education, depicting NSUD as more than a student body – a beacon of hope connecting young Nagas to mainland opportunities and evolving into a symbol of unity and cultural identity.

Naga Students Federation president Medovi Rhi, acknowledging NSUD’s pivotal role, participated in the symbolic lighting of the unity flame, reinforcing shared values among Naga tribes.

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Following this, Nagaland MLA Achumbemo Kikon delivered a profound exposition, revisiting the arduous journey of the Naga political movement. He emphasized the importance of rekindling Naga unity, deeply rooted in their legitimate political aspirations. Kikon concluded with a powerful quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, resonating with the collective aspirations of the Naga community.

In a significant follow-up, NSUD unveiled its meticulously crafted 60-year history book, meticulously chronicling the organization’s evolution since its inception in 1963. This historical journey pays tribute to former members and founders, celebrating the milestones that shaped NSUD into a venerable institution.

Member of Parliament Dr Lorho S Phoze delivered a stirring address, expressing profound concern for future generations. He passionately advocated for active unity, calling for reconciliation, forgiveness, and friendship that transcends tribal boundaries. Dr Phoze stressed the significance of celebrating diversity and engaging in honest dialogue among Naga leaders to address differences constructively.

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In a delightful departure from speeches, the audience enjoyed Maring Marnorap Delhi’s dynamic Maring War Dance, portraying victory through vivid actions of attack and defence with machetes and shields. The Maring Mamorap Delhi Dance Troupe, present for two decades, showcased this cultural gem.

Deputy chief minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang, expressed contentment with the theme, addressing challenges like the dilution of Naga history and societal issues tied to money. Stressing the opportune moment after 60 years, he urged unity, reflection on past shortcomings, overcoming tribalism, and fostering positivity. The speech ended with a heartfelt tribute, presenting former NSUD members with a memoir of their contributions.

Guest of honour, Khashim Vashum, minister GoM, underscored the historical roots of Naga identity, consciousness, and unity tracing back to the labour corps service during World War I. He emphasized the inherent nature of Naga identity and urged fostering unity within this given identity as the way forward.

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The Diamond Jubilee celebrations also featured a captivating fashion display curated by Nagas Today, showcasing traditional costumes from all 20 Naga tribes. This cultural exhibition not only captured attention but also mesmerized the audience, transforming the runway into a living canvas illustrating the rich tapestry of Naga’s cultural heritage and diversity.

The event also showcased the 5th edition of the Annual NSUD Nagadao publication, themed “Progressive Horizon: Bridging Perspectives in Naga Society.” This edition reflected the Naga community’s diversity, resilience, and progressive spirit, capturing their collective journey through voices from politics, culture, and individual triumphs.

The night’s program unfolded with Solo Dawn’s mesmerizing rendition of “Hotel California,” setting a refreshing musical tone. The second session commenced with The Hao’s electrifying performance of Scorpions and Queen’s hits, creating a vibrant festival atmosphere. Shel Dawn followed with a laid-back acoustic showcase of Ed Sheeran’s hits, captivating the audience with melodious tunes. The night continued with a dynamic K-pop dance by Girl Crush, Dreamz Unlimited’s engaging comic performance, and Vinika Yepthomi’s delightful mix of Bollywood and English hits.

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Rock enthusiasts enjoyed GMP’s electrifying renditions of Europe and Bon Jovi classics, fostering a lively atmosphere. The grand finale by Angap Ngapgang brought a vibrant fusion of Hindi and English classics, encouraging the audience to groove near the stage. Despite a brief blackout, the energy soared, concluding the event with lively applause and enthusiasm.

On day 2 of the Jubilee celebrations, the event shifted to UTSAV SADAN NEW POLICE LINES, KINGSWAY CAMP, NEW DELHI, focusing on the topic: “Role of Student Leadership in Naga Society.” The program witnessed significant success and enthusiastic participation.

The NSUD’s two-day Diamond Jubilee was a success, benefiting participants from diverse Naga communities. Marked by unity in music, entertainment, and a shared cause, it reaffirmed friendship and unity, echoing the theme’s essence.

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In 2022-23, NSUD, representing 13,000 Nagas in Delhi NCR, prioritized on welfare initiatives. A June 20, 2023, the help desk aided 70 Naga students in admissions. A July 22 career counseling session supported SSC aspirants. An August 12 blood donation camp involved 100 participants, ensuring a stable blood supply. An August 17-19 recruitment drive led to 25 Naga youths being hired in Bhubaneswar. On September 9, NSUD campaigned for third-party intervention in the Indo-Naga political issue, submitting memorandums to foreign governments for resolution through dialogue.

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