| Justice H. Khetoho Sema (wearing a hat) with ASSU members at Imulomi on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Kohima, Jan. 15: Representatives of Sumi apex organisations and church leaders, led by the former president of the All Sumi Studentsí Union (ASSU) and retired Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice H. Khetoho Sema, today gathered to unveil a monolith during the platinum jubilee celebrations of the union.
The event took place at Imulomi, one of the oldest Sumi villages, in Zunheboto district.
Unveiling the monolith, Justice Khetoho urged the Sumi community to remain united to become a progressive society. He urged the Sumi apex organisations to lead the people towards progress. He added that Sumis are second to none but because of a divided house they are not in a position to lead the Naga people.
Khetoho also urged the Sumis to work in the larger interest of the Naga people in all spheres and for peace and unity in the state.
The former Supreme Court judge urged the militant groups to listen to the voice of the people and work in the interest of the people. He said Naga nationalism and militant movement could not survive without the participation and support of the people.
On Article 371(A) of the Constitution, Justice Khetoho said it is a legal issue and that Naga organisations are going beyond their jurisdiction. He said land and its resources which has been mentioned by the said article for the people of Nagaland has to be decided by the Supreme Court and not by the civil organisations.
Khetoho advised the government to refer the matter to the Supreme Court. He also cautioned that the Centre would not hesitate to re-examine Article 371(A) if the controversy continued.
He asked the custodians of Naga customary laws to perform their duties with true justice and without bias. He asked the custodians not to misuse their power while delivering justice.
A cultural programme was held on the occasion. A special prayer meeting was conducted to kick off the yearlong celebration of the platinum jubilee of the studentsí union.