Manipur and Nagaland share Historical and Cultural Affinities: Biren Singh

Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh was in Nagaland recently for the ongoing Hornbill Festival in Kisama.

On the grand occasion, N. Biren Singh stated that he felt much honoured to be among the people of Nagaland and being in the lustrous land, defined and shaped by bravery and the rich traditions of the many tribes.

‘It is also indeed a privilege to be part of the ‘Hornbill Festival 2017’, in this picturesque setting of Kisama and experience the impressive rich cultural displays and traditions of Nagaland’, said N. Biren.

‘Nagaland is indeed the land of festivals and Hornbill festival is definitely the festival of festivals’, praised N. Biren.

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The CM extended his best wishes and warm greetings to Nagaland on the behalf of the people of Manipur.

2017 also marks 54 years of statehood for Nagaland.

He thanked the chief minister of Nagaland for the invitation to attend the festival and also thanked him for taking time to visit Manipur last month for the recently concluded ‘North East Development Summit’ in Imphal during ‘Manipur Sangai Festival’.

“There is so much that connects the two states and its people and based on the shared history and close cultural affinities, people must build the foundations upon which institutions of the two states can collaborate and cooperate with a strong sense of common purpose”, Biren Singh.

“There are many untapped opportunities which Manipur and Nagaland as neighbours should jointly leverage to unlock the full potential of the two states and fulfil the aspirations of the people, especially the youths”, he added.

Biren Singh further spoke about the importance of sports in the region. He said, “the enduring foundations laid by the inspiring legacy of Dr Ao of Nagaland, who was the first captain of Indian national football team after independence had been a promising prospect for the young sports talents, like those of the eight Manipuris who represented India in the recent U-17 FIFA World Cup.

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Sports unify people and more opportunities should be explored to increase interactions between the two states in the area of sports at various levels starting from schools, colleges, village, professional clubs level and others, he added.

The event was also attended by Arunachal CM Pema Khandu who expressed his happiness over being invited as the Chief Guest.

In his speech, Khandu said the festival has given exposure not only to Nagaland but also to entire Northeast. He also said those in metro cities in the mainland are not aware of the rich cultural diversity that Northeast offers. They think of the region as belonging to a single cultural stock.

“Northeast was ignored and neglected for many decades but not anymore. He said under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, things are fast changing. Investors are more willing to visit and invest in the region, he said and urged the states of NE to hold investment meet regularly,” said the CM.



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