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Peace must for growth: Governor

Governor K Sankaranarayanan (2nd left), chief minister Neiphiu Rio (3rd left), parliamentary secretary for Tourism Yitachu (R) and Sakaranarayan’s wife at the inaugural of Hornbill Festival at Kisama, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Dec. 2008 12:45 AM IST
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Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Monday underscored the need for peace for rapid growth and economic development in the state and that peace, which was a basic fundamental right of all citizens, should exist among the people, cutting across tribes and communities. Addressing the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival 2008 at Naga Heritage Complex, Kisama, the Governor urged the people to shun violence, and said “the cause for a better future for our youth is reason enough for all leaders to come together and join hands to foster the spirit of unity and brotherhood.” Terming the Hornbill Festival as symbolization of the ‘Emerging Nagaland’ on its march towards an era of peace and development, Sankaranarayanan said the festival was also a time to reflect on the last four and a half decades and set an agenda for the future. He said the festival with its mixture of dance, music, culture, and other western and foreign features such as the rock contest, motor rally and Korean music festival was, truly, the festival of Nagaland as it reflected the beliefs of the Naga youth - hope and faith in one’s ability. Acknowledging the pioneers and architects of Nagaland state, Sankaranarayanan called upon the Nagas to work out an agenda for the future inorder to realize the dreams of the founding fathers of the State. He said the agenda should help the youth to constructively and positively contribute to the growth and development of the state. “Our youth is our most valued human resources and we need to involve them in the growth process,” he said. The governor further said that for economic growth, basic development infrastructure including roads, water, electricity and connectivity were vital. He called upon the government servants and bureaucrats to have firm commitments and sense of service.

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