Governor urges Nagaland churches to emulate Mizoram Churches in fighting corruption

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KOHIMA, Jan 3 (NEPS): Nagaland Governor Dr Ashwani Kumar warned the dangers of corruption that had been plaguing the society and pointed out that it simply could not be rooted out without serious reformation from home, schools, colleges and societies.
He said this while releasing a book titled, “A Walk to Emmaus – A Journey of Attitudinal Change” written by Jonas Yanthan here on Friday at Raj Bhavan, Kohima. He said the “solution to corruption lies with the parents, teachers and societies.” The children should be first given human values by their parents in their respective homes, while ethics and values should be further taught in schools, colleges and universities, the Governor explained and further said once they were fully given these values and ethics, they would be able to fight various corrupt ways in the societies. Finally they would be the prime movers in the journey to eradicate this dreaded menace, he added.
Governor of Nagaland Dr Ashwani Kumar releasing a book, “A Walk to Emmaus - A Journey of Attitudinal Change” written by Jonas Yanthan at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on January 3, 2014. Lady wife of the Governor and author, Jonas Yanthan (extreme right) were also seen in the picture. (Left) Leaders of lotha Hoho and sections of media attending the function. (Oken Jeet Sandham Photo)
Governor of Nagaland Dr Ashwani Kumar releasing a book, “A Walk to Emmaus – A Journey of Attitudinal Change” written by Jonas Yanthan at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on January 3, 2014. Lady wife of the Governor and author, Jonas Yanthan (extreme right) were also seen in the picture. (Left) Leaders of lotha Hoho and sections of media attending the function. (Oken Jeet Sandham Photo)
Recalling as to how the churches in Mizoram played their roles in the recently concluded state elections in checking corruptions. The churches in Mizoram put up boards in villages with various guidelines to be observed by the candidates and later it was reported that there were least election related expenditures in Mizoram, he added.
Dr Kumar said their churches in Nagaland too could emulate Mizoram churches and expressed the hope that they would be able to do Mirozam way in the coming elections in the State.
The Governor, while lauding Yanthan for writing the book, “A Walk to Emmaus – A Journey of Attitudinal Change,” wished more new books to come in future not only by the author but also other local authors. He also said he was the first to receive the book and enjoyed reading.
Earlier, the author gave a brief background of the book. “We need a change of attitude and that’s why everyone talks about it with the hope of making our lives better but the desired change is not forthcoming,” he said explaining that the reason for that was “because attitudinal change cannot come about unless we begin talking to the minds of the people since corruption is an attitude.”
Stating that the book was an attempt to understand the Bible critically as they drew primarily from it, Yanthan narrated that for such thing a science called hermeneutics was employed to understand the scriptural language, reality of life and what language was as a mode of communication.
He further expressed that the focal objective of the book was a genuine though humble in its effort to bring about the much needed attitudinal change. The lady wife of the Governor also attended the occasion, besides Lotha Hoho leaders, members of the Press and family members of the author.

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