Tongpang for cordial Naga-Gorkha relationship

Tongpang for cordial Naga-Gorkha relationship
Tongpang, Dr. Neikiesalie , Thepfuvilie Suohu and GPPK officials during the release of Souvenir at GPPK Complex, Chandmari Kohima on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/18/2019 11:11:06 AM IST

Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Tongpang Ozukum called upon the Gorkha communities in the state to uphold the legacy of friendship and brotherhood with the different Naga tribes.  

Ozukum was speaking on the occasion of souvenir release programme of World War-II marking the 75th year of Battle of Kohima in the context of settlement of Gorkha, published by Gorkha Public Panchayat Kohima (GPPK) held at its complex Chandmari, Kohima  on Wednesday.

Expressing that Gorkhas have been living across Nagaland for past several decades and also known as first settlers among the non-Naga communities in Kohima, he said the legacy of friendship and brotherhood should be upheld and to live with mutual respect and cooperation. He also acknowledged the Gorkhas for the immense contribution in diverse fields in the state. Stating that Gorkhas have a unique, distinct and rich culture and tradition, he encouraged the Gorkhas to preserve and protect it. “If you don’t protect your culture and tradition, you will be a lost race in this world of diverse culture,” he cautioned. Also pointing that Nepali/Gorkhas are known as simple and humble, yet brave people, he said it was the duty of the present generation to follow the footsteps of the forefathers and continue to remain strong and united as warriors of peace.  

He expressed hope that the souvenir brought out by GPPK has been richly documented with sacrifices of the then brave Gorkha soldiers and the settlement of the Nepali/Gorkha community in different parts of the state, particularly Kohima.  “It will be a document for posterity and also book of reference for the younger generation,” he said. 

Speaking as the honoured guest, advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire said the past history has been orally passed to the present generation but the efforts towards documenting it in the form of souvenir is laudable. 

Chairman of Tsütuonuomia Khel, Thepfuvilie Suohu in his address as the special guest of the occasion shared on the relationship between the Gorkhas and T. Khel, saying that Gorkhas were considered as brothers and sisters by T. Khel. 

Delivering the keynote address, convenor souvenir committee, R. N. Lama said, “Today, after a lapse of 75 years of the Battle of Kohima, those heroes who fought gallantly and made supreme sacrifice are no more with us and even they have been almost forgotten.  He highlighted that the souvenir has been categorized as pre-war, course of war – 14 family related stories based on personal experiences that witnessed as well as participated in the battle of Kohima and aftermath – the post effects, including process of reconstruction of the township of Kohima have been published.          

He also said that in aftermath section, the government of Nagaland having considered the contribution of Gorkhas declared permanently settled Gorkhas as indigenous inhabitant vide notification No. GAB/8/2/9/73 dated October 22, 1974, has also been highlighted.

Earlier, Tongpang unfurled the GPPK flag and also lighted the ceremonial lamp with other dignitaries.

Programme was compered by Jenny Lamichane Chetri and C K Lama, GPPK president Santu Thapa delivered the welcome address while Gorkha Youth Association Kohima president Narayan Bahadur gave the vote of thanks.

Felicitation of the descendants of World War-II, who contributed articles for the souvenir and also release of souvenir by minister Ozukum were the special highlights besides welcome song and cultural dance by joint team of Gorkha NGOs and clubs, and popular Khukuri dance by Indreni Club marked the occasion.

Programme was attended by Gorkha members of Kohima, public leaders, colony leaders, Angami leaders and others. 

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