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Preserve culture for identity: Rio

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, his ministerial colleagues, parliamentary secretaries and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi at the Road Show cum Ahuna festival celebrations at Zunheboto public ground on Friday. (DIPR)
Published on 14 Nov. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Friday called for the need to preserve culture to preserve identity adding “if we lose our identity, everything will be lost.” Speaking as the chief guest at the Road Show cum Ahuna festival at the public ground Zunheboto on Friday, Rio also reiterated that the policy of the government in clubbing Road Shows with tribal festivals was to let people at the grass root level realise what the government was doing for their benefit. He therefore said that the government departments as well as self help groups were directed to actively participate in the event. Commenting on the rich Naga culture and festivals of the state, Rio reminded that Nagaland would be known as Land of Festivals and the Hornbill Festival as the Festival of Festivals. He urged the people to bring out their best and also identify how best they wanted to be identified and cited the example of Mon which has been called as the Land of Anghs and Zunheboto as the Land of Warriors etc. According to a DIPR report, the chief minister earlier inaugurated the upgraded 75-bedded Hezukhu Memorial District Hospital Zunheboto. Rio dedicated the hospital to the people of the district. According to the chief medical officer, Zunheboto, Dr. Viheshe the hospital was earlier 50-bedded and known as District Hospital Zunheboto. Its nomenclature was changed to Hezukhu Memorial District Hospital Zunheboto in 1992. It may be mentioned that Hezukhu was one of the pioneers of Zunheboto district and the father of Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi. Highlights of the inaugural function of the Road Show included cultural items such as Kughushoh by Shena Old, Aphilokuwo by Phisami village, Ahunah Saqhi and Ahi Kibe by Sumi cultural committee, Aphile by Ghukiye village, Apukhu Kiti and Ayekuzu le by Aghunato town. At least 29 government departments and 40 SHGs participated in the exhibitions. President Sumi Hoho, Hokishe Yepthomi chaired the programme while the vote of thanks was proposed by chairperson Zunheboto Town Council, Khehoshe H. Yepthomi. The programme was attended by MP Rajya Sabha Khekiho Zhimomi, minister for health & family welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu, parliamentary secretary for industries & commerce K.C. Nihoshe, deputy commissioner Zunheboto, Kughato Chishi and a host of departmental officials from Kohima and Zunheboto.

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