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Rio calls for strengthening the Naga family

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DIMAPUR, Jan 8 � With geographical boundaries separating the Nagas in different States and countries, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday gave a clarion call to all Nagas wherever they are to work for unity and future of the Nagas.

Stating that this is important for Nagas to survive as a people, and as a community and progress at par with the global community, the Chief Minister said Nagas everywhere are one family and therefore should work to strengthen the Naga family.

Addressing the �Chakan Gaan-Ngai� of the Rongmei Nagas, a thanksgiving festival, here at the Tenyimi Complex today, Rio asserted that all Nagas should look for emotional and political integration even if physical integration eludes the Nagas presently.

In this context, he also stressed the importance of promoting and preserving the rich culture and tradition in order to protect the Naga identity from extinction. �If the Naga people do not promote its culture and tradition, we will have no identity left,� he stated.

Towards this end, the Chief Minister maintained that the Naga People�s Front (NPF) is doing its duty by spreading its wings into Naga-inhabited States of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

In Manipur, the NPF contested the last Assembly elections and won four seats, while in Arunachal Pradesh, the party has recently set up office and will contest the Assembly elections there whenever it is held, he said.

Rio further went on to state that the DAN Government, with the objective of preserving Naga culture and tradition, had promoted the diverse culture of Naga tribes by conducting road shows tribal festivals cum youth expos.

And, in apparent reference to the recent Congress accusations, he remarked that celebrating festivals should not be construed as going back to paganism, or a step back to idol worshipping, but should be seen as a concerted effort at preserving the culture, tradition and identity of the Nagas.

The Chief Minister also congratulated the Rongmei community on getting recognition as a tribe of Nagaland. He also unveiled a memorial stone dedicated to the recognition of the Rongmei tribe by the State Government at Ragailong Colony at Burma Camp.

Earlier, Planning Minister TR Zeliang called for building closer ties through social integration among the Nagas whether they are in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Myanmar or in Arunachal Pradesh.

And with the official recognition of Rongmei as the 17th tribe of Nagaland, Zeliang also informed that the tribe will have its own Morung from this year�s Hornbill Festival and other government organised festival.

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Rio calls for strengthening the Naga family

DIMAPUR, Jan 8 � With geographical boundaries separating the Nagas in different States and countries, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday gave a clarion call to all Nagas wherever they are to work for unity and future of the Nagas.

Stating that this is important for Nagas to survive as a people, and as a community and progress at par with the global community, the Chief Minister said Nagas everywhere are one family and therefore should work to strengthen the Naga family.

Addressing the �Chakan Gaan-Ngai� of the Rongmei Nagas, a thanksgiving festival, here at the Tenyimi Complex today, Rio asserted that all Nagas should look for emotional and political integration even if physical integration eludes the Nagas presently.

In this context, he also stressed the importance of promoting and preserving the rich culture and tradition in order to protect the Naga identity from extinction. �If the Naga people do not promote its culture and tradition, we will have no identity left,� he stated.

Towards this end, the Chief Minister maintained that the Naga People�s Front (NPF) is doing its duty by spreading its wings into Naga-inhabited States of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

In Manipur, the NPF contested the last Assembly elections and won four seats, while in Arunachal Pradesh, the party has recently set up office and will contest the Assembly elections there whenever it is held, he said.

Rio further went on to state that the DAN Government, with the objective of preserving Naga culture and tradition, had promoted the diverse culture of Naga tribes by conducting road shows tribal festivals cum youth expos.

And, in apparent reference to the recent Congress accusations, he remarked that celebrating festivals should not be construed as going back to paganism, or a step back to idol worshipping, but should be seen as a concerted effort at preserving the culture, tradition and identity of the Nagas.

The Chief Minister also congratulated the Rongmei community on getting recognition as a tribe of Nagaland. He also unveiled a memorial stone dedicated to the recognition of the Rongmei tribe by the State Government at Ragailong Colony at Burma Camp.

Earlier, Planning Minister TR Zeliang called for building closer ties through social integration among the Nagas whether they are in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Myanmar or in Arunachal Pradesh.

And with the official recognition of Rongmei as the 17th tribe of Nagaland, Zeliang also informed that the tribe will have its own Morung from this year�s Hornbill Festival and other government organised festival.

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