Value hard work, ethical earning: Rio

Value hard work, ethical earning: Rio
Neiphiu Rio (NP)
Correspondent MON, APR 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/3/2019 12:01:55 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has called for valuing hard work and ethical earning.

Speaking at the inauguration of Aoleang-cum-Mini Hornbill Festival 2019 on the theme “Enculturation” at Mon’s local ground on Wednesday, Rio also appealed to the people to observe proper work ethics and learn the trades of investing and saving. He reminded everyone how “our forefathers” had toiled and shed sweat in sowing and growing paddy/crops for bountiful harvest. 

Mentioning that every festival had own unique significance and meaning, the chief minister emphasised on the need to preserve and promote one’s own tradition, culture, indigenous games, food items, etc, and pass them down to younger generations. According to him, such festivals should be celebrated not just for enjoyment and merry making, but also to preserve and promote them.

He recalled how the State government had organised road shows earlier to showcase and promote culture and traditions of each tribe. Stating that Nagaland was a land of immense potential with rich tradition, oil and minerals, human resources, scenic beauty and pleasant weather for tourist attraction, he, however, lamented that such potentials were yet to be exploited.

Extending his best wishes to Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) on its bid to set a new Guinness World record for largest traditional Konyak dance on April 5, Rio remarked that such records would not only bring fame to the Konyak community but all the Nagas.

In his speech as a special invitee, Sumi Hoho president Hekhushe Shikhu exhorted people to preserve their culture as, along with mother tongue, it was their identity. He urged upon the gathering to focus on their mother tongue along with their cultural and traditional practices. 

Commenting that Mon district was backward but not its people, he cited the example of Konyaks’ forefathers who were self-sufficient even before the advent of the British. 

In this regard, he urged the Konyak tribe members to strive and work hard and regain the past glory.

Social welfare, home guards and civil defence adviser Noke Wangnao, who attended the programme as a special guest, briefly narrated the significance of Aoleang and history of the Konyaks. He urged upon the gathering to seize the opportunity of such celebration to foster peace and cement unity within the tribe.

Meanwhile, the highlights of the day included cultural displays by Leangha Union, Sheanghah Union, Tang Union, Totok Union, Hongphoi Union and Wakching Area Union, cultural exhibition and display of indigenous games and sports

Earlier, a special number was presented by Mon Chamber Choir and cultural dance presented by members of Ao community from Mon town. 

The programme was chaired by KGOA president K Wango Langsym, invocation by KBBB executive secretary Rev. Chemyuh Konyak, welcome address given by KU president Manlip Konyak and significance of Aoleang explained by Moily Wangshu. 

Rio was also accompanied by a host of legislators.


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