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Malayalees celebrate Onam

Home Minister Imkong Imchen (Inset) Malayalee women presenting ‘Thiruvathira’ dance, Sunday. (NP)
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Sept 21:
Published on 22 Sep. 2008 12:39 AM IST
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Onam, a festival that marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali was celebrated by bringing out the best of Kerala culture and tradition Sunday at Town Hall, Dimapur. Home minister Imkong Imchen speaking at the occasion as chief guest said every religion should appreciate, respect each other and maintain religious tolerance. He said this referring to the atrocities meted out to Christians in Karnataka by Bajarang Dal. He said though Nagaland has Christian as majority "we love to see other religions and co-exist with them, and that is the beauty known as unity in diversity, we exist for human values and we appreciate your diversity". He said though Nagaland and Malayalee in the South differed in geographical locations, the Malayalee had contributed immensely towards the development of the state both in education and bureaucracy Extending Onam greetings, he lauded the Malayalee artists for their colourful song and dance performed by young and old. Also speaking at the occasion was DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi, who stressed on the age-old relation Nagaland had with the Malayalee. Acknowledging the contribution made by the Malayalee in the field of education business, bureaucratic level and civic body, he urged them to impart with their technical know-how in solving the problem of unemployment in Nagaland. As far as national integration was concerned Nagas and Malayalee should not be differentiated but should be propagate as one, he said. Besides assuring assistance on the part of DMC for any help they needed, he urged them to continue to contribute for development in the state. On behalf of the DMC he donated 20,000 rupees to the Keralasamajam. The festive atmosphere was immediately obvious with lot of men in half-traditional attire - i.e. a western shirt and a dhoti/veshti in traditional Keralite colors - off-white with gold border. Women and young girls were also dressed in saris, and with the same traditional Keralite colors. Sounds of Malayalam filled the air.

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