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Ravi calls for a ‘New Nagaland’

Ravi calls for a ‘New Nagaland’
(L) RN Ravi addressing the gathering art Kisama (R) Ravi’s speech being interpreted in sign language. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/1/2019 12:24:25 PM IST

Stresses on foundation free from fear of gun & corruption 

Amidst a jam-packed crowd befitting a grand opening ceremony, the 20th Hornbill Festival kicked off at Heritage Village, Kisama on Sunday, where the rich colours of Nagaland were on full display.

Governor RN Ravi and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, chief host and host of the festival respectively, officially launched it by beating the Naga Gong. Addressing the gathering, Ravi welcomed visitors from far and near and heaped praise on the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes. He said the Hornbill Festival was a testimony and tribute of the richness of Naga culture.

Ravi turned to the much-talked about Naga solution when he said a new dawn for Nagaland was breaking and urged the two million people of the State to help build “a new Nagaland free from fear of gun and corruption, a new Nagaland based on the foundations of transparency, accountability and rule of law”.

Stating that the final settlement that would ensure enduring peace was within grasp, the governor urged the people to strengthen the spirit of unity at this “crucial juncture”. He said the final settlement could be reached only with the participation and cooperation of the two million people.

Mentioning that the Nagas were standing over the shoulders of the ancestors, he however said it was unfortunate that some people erroneously equated civilisation with modernity and urged the scholars, especially Naga scholars, to carry out deep researches into the rich civilisational history of the Naga tribes of Nagaland.

He emphasised on the need to correct certain “uncharitable distortions” to Naga history by colonial administrators who had superficial understanding of the Nagas’ rich civilisation.

As Nagaland celebrated 57th Statehood Day, the governor remarked that nothing could be more befitting than to celebrate the cultural extravaganza where cultural troupes dressed in their traditional customs performed, even as he invited people from all over the world to take part in the 10-day festival.

And on the occasion of the Statehood Day, Ravi also paid homage and heartfelt tribute to Naga leaders who had toiled and sacrificed to secure Nagaland as a State, besides having incorporated Article 371 (A) in the Indian constitution that accorded special provision to the State.

Saluting the leaders with humility and gratitude, he paid tributes to Dr Imkongliba Ao and his team of Naga People’s Convention for facing the most difficult and challenging time, adding the Nagas today were enjoying fruits of their struggle.

Ravi acknowledged the “extraordinary courage and political maturity” of the Naga leaders in deciding what was best for the Nagas.

Warning that history was not kind to those who forgot their heroes and martyrs, he wondered how could Naga tribes, with their centuries-old village republics that efficiently managed their social, economic, political and strategic needs, was for so long viewed as behind other civilisations.

As part of the grand opening ceremony, Task Force for Music and Arts conducted a spectacular performance of cultural items on the theme “Celebration of Colours of Nagaland” in which over 300 artistes and crew members took part.


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