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Governor greets state on R-Day
Published on 26 Jan. 2009 12:39 AM IST
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Extending warm greetings to the people of Nagaland on the eve of the 59th Republic Day, Governor of Nagaland, K Sankaranarayanan said India has withstood the challenges from within and outside and remained strong.He attributed it to the foresight and statesmanship of the founding fathers of the nation. He also said Nagaland has been a partner in the development and progress of the nation since 1963, when the state was created with special constitutional provisions under Article 371(A). Sankaranarayanan said the provision safeguarded the unique cultural heritage as well as the rights of the people of Nagaland, while also giving an opportunity for to grow and develop according to their own genius. “Today, the overarching desire of the people of the State is for peace and development” he added. He said the state has a unique opportunity of moving forward with the rest of the country and play “our due part” in the rapidly growing economy and realize the aspirations of a developed and vibrant Nagaland. He pointed to the progress in the march towards development during the last 45 years in the area of community development and in fostering partnerships with the village communities to ensure equitable and participative development, especially in the rural areas. “Our experiments of grass root developments through VDB and Communitisation have been recognised the world over” he said. He congratulated the people of Nagaland for getting the United Nation’s award in the area of Public Service in 2008 for its novel scheme of Communitisation. Sankaranarayanan also admitted that the state has had a long history of conflict and violence arising out of the six decade old unresolved Naga political problem. He however said that “peace process” have been going on in the state for the last 11 years and added that the people were yearning for peace today. He recognized the clarion call given by the churches, civil societies, NGOs, the Political Affairs Committee of DAN, the Forum of Naga Reconciliation, GBs and DBs Association, for Naga unity and reconciliation and cessation of factional clashes. He said “such processes have to be strengthened and we have to ensure that there is a spirit of positive cooperation amongst the people”. The governor also urged for rededicating “ourselves” to the principles of democracy and also to strive to seek solutions to “our problems through peaceful means”.

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