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Politics in Nagaland based on culture: Imchen

(3rd and 4th from left) Imkong L Imchen and PHED minister Dr. Ngangshi K Ao and others enjoying a cultural presentation at Mokokchung village on Wednesday. (NP)
Published on 5 May. 2011 1:00 AM IST
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The spirit of Moatsü celebration still lingered on as Mokokchung villagers celebrated Moatsü, the premiere festival on Wednesday.
The celebration was graced by home minister Imkong L Imchen and PHED minister Dr. Ngangshi K Ao as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking at the celebration, Imkong said the uniqueness of Naga culture was the beauty of Naga politics, and that politics in Nagaland was based on its culture.
He also revealed the fact that the NPF party was pursuing these policies and has made the party “firm and unshakeable”.
While attacking the Congress for complaining to the Election Commission of India against gracing of Moatsu festival led by chief minister and council of ministers, the home minister cautioned “If we try to throw away our culture, we are throwing away ourselves”.
To this, he said the uniqueness of the Naga culture was far away from mainland India as the latter comprised of Aryans and Dravidians, whereas Nagas belong to the Mongolian race.
The minister also said a particular race can be identified through its culture and likewise, distinguishes a Naga from the rest.
While querying as to whether the forthcoming by-election was more important than Naga culture, he said one cannot oppose celebration of festivals that are being observed since the time of the forefather’s.
He went on to add that election has no connection to culture and exposed that whoever complains about celebrating festivals are in opposition to Naga culture.
He further called upon the gathering to march together with a new vision following the by-election.
Meanwhile, PHED Minister Dr. Ngangshi K Ao, said celebration of such festivals testified that Aos were God fearing people right from the beginning.
He called upon the gathering to preserve culture and tradition and encouraged the gathering that the revival of the good culture which the Aos possess should begin with Moatsu.
Speaking about DAN government’s policy on peace, the minister said the policy of reconciliation and confrontation was the main agenda.
In an appeal to the gathering, he said in the forthcoming by-election, one should maintain a peaceful atmosphere considering the fact that it is the bounden duty of all to protect the hard earned peace.
The celebration was marked by presentation of songs, dances and cultural competition attended by the denizens of Mokokchung village.
Invitees and guests also took part in the celebration.

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