Kohima, Dec 01: The 20th edition of Nagaland Hornbill festival was inaugurated by the State Governor R. N. Ravi with pomp and gaiety at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 10 Km east of Kohima.
Inaugurating the festival Governor Ravi paid rich tribute to the Naga leaders, who under extremely challenged circumstances, secured for the people, the Nagaland State with special status. He exhorted the people not to forget the leaders as history has not been kind to those who ignore or forget their heroes and martyrs. He also praised the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes and underscored the need to correct certain uncharitable distortions to Nagas’ history by some colonial administrators. He wondered how could the Naga tribes with their centuries old village republics efficiently managed their social, economic, political and strategic needs for so long.
Ravi said a new dawn for Nagaland is breaking and urged the two million people of Nagaland to help build a new Nagaland free from fear of gun and corruption, a new Nagaland based on the foundation of transparency, accountability and rule of law. He also urged the people to strengthen the spirit of unity so palpable during the Hornbill Festival.
The Governor and the Chief Minister of Nagaland formally inaugurated the festival of festivals by sounding the traditional gong. (UNI)