Selected Speeches


•Dr Lalrintluanga, Principal, Govt T Romana College

•Dr Malsawmliana, Convener

•Ms Pooja Kamath, Coordinator, Indian National Fellowship Centre

•Ladies and Gentlemen


It gives me great pleasure to be invited as the Chief Guest for this Inauguration Function of the National Integration and Medical Camp to mark the Silver Jubilee of Govt. T Romana College, being jointly organized by the College and the Indian National Fellowship Centre, Mumbai.

As we celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Govt. T Romana College, I am extremely glad that we have consciously chosen to organize a National Integration Camp. It is no secret that the people of this beautiful State still have a long way to go in terms of realizing our full potential and finding our rightful place in this great nation. For all these to come by, we need to open up our land, our homes and our minds to the rest of the country. In this age of globalization, our youth have an important role to play in the “opening of our windows”.

Today, I am particularly delighted that the Indian National Fellowship Centre (INFC), Mumbai has reached out to us and helped organize this integration and medical camp. At the same time, I am glad that we have welcomed them with open arms. The INFC was started by Shri P B Acharya, the Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland & Arunachal Pradesh. It has made a number of commendable efforts in the North East, including organizing medical camps, giving educational classes, and donating to schools and hospitals. I am sure that the goodwill they bring will be commensurately reciprocated.

National Integration is a concept which is fashionable to talk about, but is quite difficult to achieve. I believe that the first step is to have people to people contact. It is basic human instinct to have a certain fear of the unknown. But this can be easily overcome through communication. In fact, once barriers are broken down by interaction, we learn that we share the same joys, and feel the same sorrows. Ultimately, we all identify ourselves as human beings.

We live in a great country, which is unique from the other democracies of the world. India is home to a myriad of cultures speaking hundreds of languages. We have this glorious opportunity to immerse ourselves and experience new people and ways of life different from ours. We can choose to incorporate the best practices that other societies have to offer, while showcasing our own strengths. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to lose our identity. On the contrary, it is truly possible to enjoy “the best of both worlds”.

This brings me to the important topic of language. And while we should correctly be proud that we have one of the highest literacy rates in the country, it is also extremely unfortunate that our knowledge of Hindi is minimal. To some extent, we also face difficulties conversing in English. However, these link languages remain our greatest weapons in unlocking the riches of our diverse cultures, and providing opportunities at national and international levels. Therefore, while the opportunity beckons, it is up to us to grab it with both hands.

Over the next five days, we have a number of activities coming up. Medical camps are being organized in the college campus as well as in Tachhip village, which has been adopted by the college for NSS activities, with doctors from outside the State participating. Likewise, Cultural Integration programmes with students from other parts of the country will be taking place. Other activities include cleanliness and tree plantation drives, blood donation camps, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation workshop.

I once again congratulate Govt T Romana College for 25 years of glorious existence, and the INFC for taking part in these celebrations. And in keeping with today’s theme of National Integration, I end my speech with these words of Mahatma Gandhi :

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown of my feet by any. I refuse to be an interloper, beggar or slave.”

Thank you for your kind attention


Jai Hind