KOKRAJHAR, June 26 � Social activist and peacemaker Niketu Iralu of Nagaland has been chosen for the prestigious UN Brahma Soldier of Humanity Award 2011, informed the Upendra Nath Brahma Trust (UNBT).
According to UNBT sources, the jury board selected Iralu for this award for his contribution to the peace initiative in Nagaland as a Gandhian under the guidance of Rajmohan Gandhi in the north-eastern region, among other areas.
UNBT sources further said that Iralu and the father of Naga insurgency Phizo hailed from the same village of Nagaland, but Iralu�s conviction for peace and non-violence has placed him among many celebrated peace initiators.
Iralu also received the prestigious Gopinath Bardoloi Award 2005 for his work towards national integration. He is also holding the post of chairman of Naga Reconciliation Committee and is the convenor of Naga National Reconciliation Commission working towards ending Naga conflicts. He also has a strong association with the Bodos since long and is also deeply concerned with working for peace and development in the area.
This award will be conferred on July 24 next at Kokrajhar town to Iralu by the UNBT at a function.