DIMAPUR, March 1 - Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio released a coffee table book on the State�s woman biker, Onen Nenty, at his residential office in Kohima on Saturday. The book was written by Rita Krocha on the experiences of Nenty during her solo bike tour throughout the 11 districts of Nagaland. It has been published by Nenty in association with Rattle and Hum Music Society.
In his speech, the Chief Minister said though the Nagas are doing well in every field, they lack consistency. �It is up to an individual to decide what to do and what not to do in life, but at the end of the day, one has to give one�s heart and soul to the decision he or she takes,� Rio said.
Nenty is the first Naga woman to go on a solo bike tour across Nagaland. She has also been selected for an all-India solo bike tour, which will be flagged off by Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Irani in New Delhi on March 8.
Rio appreciated Nenty�s bold decision to choose �safety for women� as her slogan. He wished her well for her upcoming tour and urged her to promote the unique Naga culture and tradition in the outside world through which tourism in Nagaland can benefit.
The Chief Minister told Nenty that she would be a brand ambassador of the State during her tour and urged her to make the State proud. He also assured her of government support in all possible ways. Advisor to the Chief Minister Abu Metha said Nenty�s solo tour was a step towards women�s empowerment, and it exemplified the new energy of the Naga youth.
On her part, Nenty expressed the desire to make an impact on society through her passion for biking. She urged the women folk to come out of their comfort zone and think beyond the kitchen. She said her passion for riding is indeed a passion with a mission.