Nagaland an inspiration for world in preservation of cultural identity: Baichung

Nagaland an inspiration for world in preservation of cultural identity: Baichung
Baichung Bhutia speaking on the 9th day of Hornbill Festival at Kisama on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/9/2019 12:32:34 PM IST

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia has observed that Nagaland has set an example in preservation and protection of culture, tradition and identity, which was an inspiration for the entire world. 

Speaking as a special guest on Day-9 of Hornbill Festival at Kisama on Monday afternoon, Bhutia pointed out that the entire country and world eagerly looked forward to the festival in December.

He appealed to tourists to spread the word about the festival, besides hospitality and rich culture of the Nagas, stressing there should be positive impact through this festival.  

The former Indian soccer captain said people in Sikkim and other North-eastern States could look forward to such festivals to help promote their respective States.

In his brief address as honoured guest, All India Football Federation vice-president and Centre Point Group Enterprise managing director Larsing Sawyan remarked that the uniqueness of Naga identity and culture was very well celebrated and showcased through Hornbill Festival. He complimented the State government for conceptualising the festival and organising it for the last 20 years, making it bigger and better every year.

He said Hornbill Festival had become one of the most famous festivals across the country, and as it connected to the larger identity of the Northeast, it had also helped promote the region as tourist destination. 

According to Sawyan, roads had improved a lot, as compared to his visit to Nagaland three years back. He said it was heartening to note the resurgence of the Northeast and all the positive changes taking place. He added that, as a resident of the region, it also filled his heart with pride to witness the beauty and uniqueness of culture of Nagaland.

He said he hoped to see a new era with lot of positive changes taking place in the entire country, all of which would begin in the Northeast with Naga people playing an active and leading role. 

Sawyan said as India moved towards becoming a super power and engaging with ASEAN, the relevance of the Northeast and Nagaland would increase further. 

Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs minister, Temjen Imna Along, Youth Resource and Sports adviser, Er Zale Neikha and Tourism adviser H Khehovi Yepthomi were hosts in the afternoon session.



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