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Roots bind us together: Governor

DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN)(Staff Reporter )
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 12:47 AM IST
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Over 50 thousand people from all walks of life Wednesday turned up to witness one of the biggest festivals organized at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC) stadium.

Ahuna, the post harvest festival of the Sümis, organized by Western Sümi Youth Front (WSYF), attracted teeming thousands who were enthralled with myriad spectacular cultural programmes.

State governor Nikhil Kumar, while delivering his brief speech as chief guest, acknowledged the efforts put on by the WSYF for organizing such a mega festival.

The governor, who had to cancel attending a programme in Patna, said “this is an excellently organized festival and I must congratulate the WSFY for the excellent organization,” he said and added that the Sümis were an “enterprising lot” who could make their marks in many fields.

He also emphasized on the importance of preserving tradition even as people were advancing both in terms of material benefits. He congratulated the Sümis for being “rooted” to their culture and also remembering the past with a combination of “modernism and ancient culture”.

The governor said “we belong to our roots that are binding us together and this is the need of the hour”. He hoped that Nagaland would someday join the ranks of other advanced states in India and stand on top of “ladder of prosperity and development”. 

Strauss’ first Ahuna celebration
US senator Paul Strauss, who was also present on the occasion with daughter Abigail, as the honorary guest, greeted the mammoth crowd by saying “Oshikimithi” (thank you). 

Stating that he brought greetings to all from Washington DC, the senator said it was wonderful to see so many “unique expression of a cultural identity of the people so diverse.”

Strauss also said the decorations put up on the stage were similar to what Americans did on the occasion of “thanksgiving”.

He said the ancient Israelites also observed the festival and the same was still celebrated by Jewish people around the world today.

Strauss said  taking time off to celebrate the festival was an important tradition that so many people around the world shared. He concluded his speech by saying ‘Alhou she’ and the festival participants responded with a huge applause.

ENPO, Ao Senden bat for peace, friendship  
Guest of honour and president of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) Pongom Khiamniungan while extending Ahuna greetings said Sümi and the people of ENPO region were bound by a history of being “together” from the time of formation of North East Frontier Agency (NEFA).

He said that the Sümis were part of the ENPO family and Eastern Nagas were part of Sümis. Friendship and brotherhood among the Nagas should be maintained, he added. 

Ao Senden Mokokchung president Sangyu Yaden said Ahuna brought joy to the people as it brought people together under one umbrella which gave people hope.

While conveying greetings from Ao Senden, he suggested all to look beyond tribal interests and urge all to work in unity and stand together. Dimapur Lotha Hoho president Ntsemo Ngullie said Ahuna celebration showed the “will and enthusiasm” of the Sümis in preserving a great culture. He urged the younger generation to learn from the example set by Sümi brothers and sisters.

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