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Imchen calls for spirit of tolerance and friendship

Home Minister Imkong L Imchen presenting awards to a meritorious teacher at Onam festival in Kohima, Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 20 Sep. 2009 12:08 AM IST
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Malayali community in Kohima with the rest of Malayali across the country celebrated Onam festival with pomp and fervor with state Home Minister Imkong L Imchen as chief guest. In his address, Imchen described Onam as one of the only festival that had no religious colour, uniting people regardless of race and religion. Saying that festival like Onam will help in promoting feelings of oneness, he called upon all section to work together with spirit of tolerance and friendship to achieve the desired goal of marching together to prosperity. “The remarkable thing about this celebration is that it is celebrated by all not only Hindus, but all community who are living in Kerala. It is one festival that unites all people regardless of race and religion.” The lesson Onam imparted was to become aware of unity of the people regardless of their race and region and belief in God, Imchen said and called upon the gathering to renew culture and tradition and also one’s faith. The minister also termed the Keralite community as torch bearer and lauded their commendable services rendered for the upliftment of Naga society particularly in the field of education and missionary work and other community oriented programme in the remote villages of Nagaland. The chief guest also lighted the Onam festival lamp. MLA & Chairman NKVIB Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, who also graced the occasion as guest of honour lauded Malayali Samajam Kohima for the vital role they had being playing. Earlier, Abraham M John, Chairman Onam Committee MSK, briefed the significance of Onam. K.M. Geevarghese, President MSK also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, MSK also presented awards to three teachers and a student which was handed out to the recipient by the chief guest and guest of honour. The attraction of the celebration included arrival of Mahabali, cultural programme where various cultural songs and dances were presented by different artists and cultural troupes to much to the amusement of the gathering.

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