More than two months after the state government officially recognised Tikhir community as a separate Naga tribe, the Tikhirs celebrated recognition of the tribe at public ground, Kiusam town, here on Saturday.
Speaking at the programme as special guest, advisor for IPR and VG, S Keoshu Yimkhiung said the demand for Tikhir tribe was a 40-year-old fight.
Recalling the days when the representatives held meetings for this day to come, he acknowledged the commitment made by the government, and the dedication of the community which fulfilled their demand in granting of Tikhir as a tribe under Nagaland.
He urged upon the people to extend their friendship to the other tribes and to uphold the same in all spheres as this was a prerequisite in the Naga society.
Short speeches were also delivered by invitees at the programme.
Highlights of the celebration included folk songs by T Limremong, war dance by Metonger village and cultural song by Tikhir Women Union Kiphire.
The celebration was chaired by TGOA general secretary, T L Kiusuming Tikhir, invocation was said by Rev. Father Tithong David, brief history of Tikhir was presented by Tikhir Tribal Council (TTC) president Topan K Tikhir while vote of thanks was proposed by TTC general secretary, W Tothong Philip and benediction by Dr P Daniel Tikhir.
A host of officials, senior government officials, representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) members of the Tikhir community attended the programme.
Earlier, the special guest also unveiled a monolith.