Nagaland CM appeals Nagas to preserve culture

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Kohima, Nov 15 (UNI) Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said the invasion of foreign culture should not be allowed to do away with the rich culture of the Nagas, who were at the crossroads from all angles, be it social or cultural else political.

An official release here today said the chief minister, while speaking at the Ahuna festival of Sumi Naga tribe at the Zunheboto Local Ground yesterday, about 235 km from here, appealed to the Nagas to preserve their culture and festivals amid '' Christianity and foreign culture''.

The Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government has initiated the platform to showcase the culture and rich tradition of the Nagas in form of the famous ''Hornbill festival'' at the Heritage Village at Kisama, near Kohima.

Referring to the present context, Mr Rio said the character and identity of Nagas were the most important of all social discourse.

'' No church or underground situation can solve the perplexed situation of the Naga society. Taking God as the director, one must play one's role with a clear vision. All must put their efforts at this juncture to take a stand for a peaceful Nagaland, '' he said.

The chief minister was accompanied by Planning and Coordination Minister T R Zeliang, Minister of Roads and Bridges G Kaito Aye, Minister of Forest M C Konyak, Health and Family Welfare Minister Kuzholuzo Nienu as well as other parliamentary secretaries and MLAs.

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