Kohima, December 9: Enthralled by the Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh described it as “Enchanting festival,” and assured that central government is committed towards fulfilling the aspirations of the Naga people. Addressing the festival, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that “the central government is committed to do its best to fulfil the aspirations of the Naga people for a brighter tomorrow with all the honour which you richly deserve.” After his, address, the Union Home Minister also visited 2nd World War Museum at Kisama, exhibition stalls and morungs.
“It is a prominent landmark in the socio-cultural progression of the people of Nagaland and presents a spectacular show of unity in diversity,” Singh said while addressing the eight day of the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland here at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
Stating that it is an occasion for Nagaland to look ahead to the future, he said “Nagaland, with its rich natural resources and talented people, has limitless possibilities. Enduring peace can help realize the immense potential for economic gains, jobs and prosperity,” Union Home Minister said. He also maintained that tourism can be a major driver of growth.
Further he said the festival with participation of tribes from Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh truly symbolizes the strength of our nation- the feeling of unity in diversity in the true spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.”
Singh congratulated all participants and performers for putting together such a brilliant display of the best of Naga dance and music and the kind of hospitality and richness of culture experienced.
While appreciating the role of girls of Nagaland in various walks of life, he encouraged them to continue their efforts. He also commended the role of the state government in raising Nagaland’s 15th IRB (Mahila battalion) and setting up women police stations in Kohima and Dimapur for safety, security and empowerment of women.
Union Home Minister also admired the role of Naga Regiment and IRB boys who are playing a critical role in combating Left Wing extremism in the affected area of Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand. He said the Naga boys are excelling themselves in the fields ranging from fashion to music to crafts and said that the country is proud of them.