R LESTER MAKANG UKHRUL, 30th Nov:
The first ever Tangkhul Leadership Summit opened on Thursday with active participation of leaders from across the social spectrum of the district at Town Hall, Ukhrul district headquarters here.
The two-day summit themed ‘Explore Your Possibilities’ is being organised by TBCA Youth Union under the sponsorship of Northeast India Youth Advanced Mission (NIYAM), Ukhrul.
In his keynote address, Youth Union executive secretary Ramnganing Ruivah highlighted that the summit is being initiated with the aim of exploring possibilities in strengthening the capabilities of leadership through result oriented discussion and sharing of innovative ideas.
Opening the summit, Phungyar MLA Leishiyo Keishing shared his views on why he turned to politics to serve the community as a people's representative, while Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL) president Grace Shatshang opined that women leaders should strive to empower womenfolk by way of equal representation in the decision making process of the society.
MLA Leishiyo Keishing, who is engineer by profession, observed that there is a world of difference between technical profession and politics, explaining that the former works like a robot propelled by inputs while the latter is all about evolving the best policy and decision making strategies to serve the masses.
Responding to a query from the audience, the MLA lamented that one of the hurdles in fulfilling the wish of the people in the district has been the lack of accurate data on population of the district. He said that people from the district are scattered in different places outside, and thus many have been left out from the previous census data. He then urged people not to let the same mistake happen and prepare for the next delimitation exercise.
In the second session of the opening day, TBCA executive secretary Rev Mathotmi Vasha, TTA director Rev Dr YL Mingthing and TBPA president Rev Remember Rimai took turns to exhort the audience on how both church and social leaders work together to strengthen the relationship between the church and the state, through mutual understanding.
The religious leaders also noted that leadership in any given society is not mandated to mislead or put the whole community at stake, solely because misunderstanding or differences have cropped up among the leaders.
The summit which witnessed attendance of leaders from different walks of life, including CSOs, Churches, politics, entertainment, and others, will also feature Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum on the second day.