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‘Distinguish between different political leaders’

Member, general council (NIEPMD) Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Thomas Ngullie, addressing the 56th anniversary celebration of ‘Never Mind Welfare Society’ at Pangti village, on Friday. (Morung photo)
Wokha, February 25 (MExN): Former Nagaland minister and member, general council (NIEPMD) Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Thomas Ngullie, has said that there are two types of political leaders- those chosen by God to serve their people and those who grab power by proxy to serve their own ends.

“There are political leaders who are gifted with wisdom and vision from above and they are elected by the people through guidance of God. Such leaders will always serve the people through thick and thin, whether they are in power or not,” the former IPR minister said at the 56th anniversary celebration of the ‘Never Mind Welfare Society’ held at Pangti village, Wokha district, on Friday (February 24). The second type of leader is those who try to grab political power by employing divisive tactics like “clanism” or “tribalism” and use of muscle power and guns, thereby going against the wish of God, Thomas said. He said such leaders, even if elected, cannot truthfully serve the people and would be like “statues” since they are devoid of wisdom and vision from above. Thomas said people should clearly differentiate the difference between the two types of leaders and decide which type of leaders they wish to lead them.

The NIEPMD member also said that Pangti village, being a historic and one of the biggest Lotha (Kyong) villages, has a big role in shaping the destiny of not only the Lothas but Nagas as a whole. “If Pangti village can exhibit unity and harmonious co-existence among the various clans and khels in the village, then this will definitely have a positive effect on other villages and communities as there are a sizeable number of people from Pangti village, especially students, spread out in the state and other metropolitan cities,” he said.

The former minister contributed Rs. 1 lakh to the Never Mind Welfare Society and cash prizes to all 5 khels and another women group which took part in folk song competition. As a goodwill gesture on the occasion of his visit to the village after many years, Thomas also donated Rs. 1 lakh for repair of village road, distributed blankets to all GBs and financial assistance to four churches in the village and the oldest man and woman from each khel.

Asst. teacher P. Oren Ngullie who spoke on the theme of the celebration “Need for change in social life” said that in a fast changing world, the society needs persons with extra talents in various fields like academicians, economists, technocrats, bureaucrats and politician to bring about positive changes. NMWS Pangti formed way back in 1956, is perhaps the oldest society in the state.

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