Nagaland governor RN Ravi (File image)
Nagaland Governor RN Ravi. File image

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, in a message on Saturday on the eve of Nagaland’s 57th Statehood Day, said, “Nagaland is at the cusp of history today.”

On Sunday, Nagaland will be celebrating its 57th Statehood Day.

“A new dawn of a new Nagaland is beckoning us”, Ravi said in an apparent reference to the impending solution to the decades-old solution to the Naga issue.

He expressed sincere thanks and gratitude to the people of the state, the tribal bodies, grassroots organisations, civil societies and the church leaders for this.

“Now we have the sacred responsibility to build a new Nagaland,” he said.

“A Nagaland where every citizen is free from fear, fear of the gun, fear of deprivation, fear of ignorance, fear of disease, fear of lack of opportunities and above all fear of unable to dream big,” Ravi reiterated.

“Such a Nagaland has to be built by the two million people of Nagaland and that it cannot be built by government alone,” he added.

“It is possible only through a mass movement in which every citizen is an active partner in this holy enterprise,” he further said.

According to Ravi, the new Nagaland has to be built on a foundation of rule of law, transparency and accountability where the majesty of law does not discriminate the rich and poor, strong or weak, majority or minority.

He further added that in the new Nagaland the governance- be it at the village or state level- has to be transparent and accountable.

“We need to build a culture of transparency, accountability and respect for the law. A Nagaland where those in the authority discharge their duty in the spirit of service,” he said.

He hoped that such a Nagaland will be free from corruption, the citizens will feel empowered and those in authority will be humble, steeped in the spirit of service.

Ravi said Nagaland is blessed with unparallel promising potential, both human and natural.

He said the precious human resource, which is like an uncut diamond, has to be cut, built and polished with care. They have to be physically healthy and intellectually at par with the best in the world, he added.

The governor urged the health workers, including doctors and paramedics, and the teachers, especially those serving in the far-flung rural areas, to render their service with the utmost sense of responsibility.

He also appealed to the youths to take care of their health and be aspirational even if the present prevailing situation around them is not adequately conducive.

Ravi assured that the situation will change soon for the better.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: