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WW-II museum in Kisama
Correspondent KISAMA, DEC 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Dec. 2008 12:40 AM IST
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The famous ‘Battle of Kohima,’ which finds mention in books around the world, has been immortalized with the inauguration of World War-II Museum at Kisama by Governor K. Sankaranarayanan on Monday. Pointing out the importance of the Battle of Kohima in the second World War and how the battle proved to be “the turning point in the war with Japan”, the governor in his inaugural address said the inauguration of the museum was an attempt to immortalize the memories of the WW-II and also to remember the sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers for generations to come. Though the importance Battle of Kohima was not realized at that point of time, Sankaranarayanan said the museum would go a long way to help understand the valour of those who stopped the Japanese advance into Northern India. He also hoped that the museum would become a landmark in the tourist map of Kohima and attract interest of both researchers and history students and help them learn about the history of Kohima and the role played by soldiers in “ensuring the future that we are living today.” Against the backdrop of the terror attack in Mumbai, the governor said that “though a new world order has been shaped after the WW-II with no full blown war today, the present day faces the challenges of a war of another kind – of terrorism and attacks being planned and executed by fundamentalists.” Stating that terrorist do not belong to any community or religion, the governor appealed every member of society to join hands in order to defeat the evil designs of perpetrators of such violence. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio who also spoke on the occasion, termed the WW-II Museum initiated by the State Arts & Culture department as a “bright idea” as the Battle of Kohima had given Kohima and Nagaland a permanent place in the World’s history books. He however reminded that constructing a war museum did not mean glorifying or propagating the philosophy of war. “The museum is intended to convey the folly of war, its costs and destructivity in terms of lives and properties, and to convey the need of building peace and brotherhood amongst mankind.” The museum will also serve as a memorial for those who had made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the nation and honour their memories so as to imbibe the true spirit of sacrifice and patriotism for the younger generation,” Rio said. The inauguration function was followed by presentation of a short documentary on the Battle of Kohima.

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