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Nagas need political agenda: Imkong
Staff Correspondent PEREN, MAR 11 (NPN)
Published on 12 Mar. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Nagaland home minister Imkong L. Imchen today remarked that Nagas needed a political agenda to maintain their “unique identity”. “Nagas having our own political agenda is not wrong but justified taking into consideration the uniqueness of the Nagas distinct culture and traditions from the mainland India,” Imkong L. Imchen said this at the Miliengyi/Hega cum Peren road show, which kick- started amid much fanfare at local ground, Peren Thursday. Maintaining that “Naga political situation” would continue unless government of India finds an honorable solution, the state home minister said: “the earlier we find solution to Naga political issue the better for Nagas and India.” Affirming that he was not hesitant to speak out the “political agenda/rights” of the Nagas, Imkong expressed hope that GoI would find solution at the earliest since Congress led UPA government was very keen in solving the Naga political problem. Further, stating that DAN government was committed to work for the good of the people, the home minister sought cooperation from everyone for all round development. Defending the state road shows, which has been severely attacked by the Congress, the state home minister said: “We are spending people’s money on the people. This event give sense of belongingness and participation.” Imkong commented that the event – Miliengyi/Hega cum Peren road show – was more significant as it was celebrating at the time when DAN government was also commemorating its second year in office. Talking on unique cultural activities of Nagaland, the home minister said unless cultural heritage were preserved it would be lost.Also, underlining the importance of preserving cultural inheritance, the home minister said they needed to be developed further. Imkong also lauded all responsible for successfully organizing Peren road show. Other highlights of the programme included traditional fire making by Nzauna villagers and cultural dances by Mbaupunggwa village, Nsong village, Kebai area and Peren village. Later, the state home minister inaugurated exhibition stalls put up by various government departments, NGOs etc. In the evening, Nagaland minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry inaugurated ethnic programme as guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Chumben Murry said road shows organized by the government would benefit and uplift the economy in the state. Highlighting various mega events conducted in the recent times including Dr.T.Ao Tournament, global Open University fashion shows and various road shows in the state, Dr.Chumben said such events would help and encourage youths to excel in various fields. (with inputs from DIPR)

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