Gracing the Monolith unveiling Ceremony of Late Ikiesing Thou at Jalukie Town, Chief Minister, TR Zeliang today said that ‘one must live full and die empty’ for the fulfilment of life’s purpose.
Calling for sincerity and hard work among the Nagas, the Chief Minister said that ‘one must work with sincerity and commitment based on which the future of one’s generation will be decided.’
‘We must work with honesty, sincerity and commitment, in whatever field we are, in order to seek God’s blessings for our future generation,’ he added.
Terming Late Ikiesing Thou as a ‘Prophet with a vision’, Zeliang recalled his contributions which he said were a ‘great example’ for the Society today.
Late Ikiesing Thou, founder of Ikiesingram Village, was born in 1925 and appointed as Dobashi by Sir C.R Pawsey, the then Deputy Commissioner of Kohima in 1943. He was promoted to Head Dobashi in 1947, the first among the Zeliangs to hold the post, and worked in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar as DB Scout attached to the Deputy Commissioner.
For his bravery and contributions during World War II, he was awarded ‘Certificate of Gallantry’ in 1945. The same year, he was given an ‘Appreciation Certificate’ by the Governor of Assam while a ‘Governor’s Commendation Certificate’ by the Governor of Nagaland was also given to him in 1967.
Urging the younger generation to follow the footsteps of Late Ikiesing Thou, the Chief Minister hoped that the Society would produce more visionaries like him in the days to come.
‘He lived life like a gentleman and left like a gentleman,’ he added.
Late Ikiesing Thou who received several National and State-level Awards for his contributions to Society was also an MLA in Late. TN Angami’s Ministry. He was elected uncontested from Peren A/c in the Bye-election of 1966 as a NNO Candidate. He later joined the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee as an Executive Member after NNO merged with the Indian National Congress. Late Ikiesing Thou leaves behind 123 descendants.
Media Cell, CMO Nagaland