IFP Bureau | IMPHAL I Nov 7
“Nagas were on the cusp of history as a new dawn has begun for a new era of peace, unity and prosperity,” said Governor of Nagaland and interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi. He was addressing the Tokhü Emong Mini Hornbill festival held at Wokha today, reports DIPR, Nagaland.
Addressing the festival as a special guest, RN Ravi stated that the spirit of the Tokhü Emong and its theme “senchumta” (which means reconciliation and coming together) was appropriate and befitting the present situation. The Governor called on all to “overcome bitterness and bad memories of the past and to come together in the spirit of forgive and forget and make new beginning towards unity, prosperity, development and brotherhood.”
RN Ravi also appreciated the Lotha Hoho and the Lotha people in general for giving him immense support in his endeavour towards bringing peace to Nagaland even before he became the Governor of the state. He expressed hope that the Lotha community will continue supporting him in days to come as well.
He pointed out that the Nagas as the inheritors of “rich culture and civilization” should ensure that the traditional culture does not fade away with the onslaught of modernity, modern technology and modern way of life. Ravi asked those present on the occasion to celebrate and observe festivals which bind communities together.
Adviser to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, and S&T, IT, New & Renewable Energy and the Chief Host of the festival, Mmhonlumo Kikon while addressing the gathering thanked RN Ravi for gracing the occasion. Kikon on behalf of the Lotha community also assured “fullest support” to the Governor in the days to come which will bring about peace, unity and reconciliation for the Nagas.
Thousands of people, both young and old dressed in their colourful traditional attires attended the festival. Word of greetings was also delivered by President, United Sangtam Likhum Punji and Ao Senden. Highlights of the celebration included cultural programmes by a Sumi cultural group and a cultural troupe representing Assam.