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Zunheboto land of peace & prosperity: CM

Published on 13 Nov. 2017 11:49 PM IST
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Coinciding with Ahuna festival, people of Zunheboto celebrated 75 years of the town on Monday with great pomp and gaiety.
Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion at Zunheboto public ground, chief minister, T.R. Zeliang termed the day as a “red-letter day” and extended warm greetings to the people, CMO media cell stated.
From today, he said, Zunheboto that is known as the “land of warriors” be changed and called as the “land of peace and prosperity”. A spirited people, the Sumis are known for their courage, dash and boldness and Zunheboto has produced many well-known Naga leaders. 
Zeliang urged the people to strengthen their resolve and look ahead to the future with renewed understanding and hope. “As Zunheboto town marches on to its next milestone of 100 years in another 25 years time, the Sumi people should be agents of transformation so that Zunheboto town will turn into a role model of a 21st century town with an enlightened citizenry,” he appealed.
“It is an occasion to rejoice and jubilate. In the Christian tradition, jubilee is a time to look back at the decades gone by, to remember God’s faithfulness and give thanks to the Almighty, to forgive and forget past differences within individuals, families and clans and look ahead to the future. This is the time to look back and recall the sacrifices made by the founding fathers 75 years ago,” he added.
He said over the years, Zunheboto had grown steadily from a tiny hamlet to that of an ADC Sub-division in 1958 and subsequently a full-fledged district in December 1973.
“Being forthright by nature, the Sumis have a great capacity to mix freely with others. Zunheboto is uniquely located in the heart of Nagaland, thus sharing traditional boundaries with other Naga tribes like the Angamis, Aos, Chakhesangs, Changs, Lothas, Rengmas, Sangtams and Yimchungers. 
Likewise, in the Western and Northern Sumi areas, they share common boundaries with Zeliangs, Kukis, Kacharis, Karbis, Pochury and Assamese, except the Konyaks, Khiamniungans and Phoms. Such geographical proximity with different tribes has allowed the Sumis a unique position in terms of inter-tribal relationship-building among communities, thereby being harbingers of creating harmonious co-existence over long periods of time,” he underlined.
The Chief Minister also informed the gathering that the Centre had granted sanction for construction of six roads in the State. These include the 200-km Showuba-Guzunyu-Pughoboto-Zunheboto-Aghunato-Noklak-Pangsha, 280-km Trans Eastern Highway from Mon-Longwa-Pangsha-Kiphire-Avangkhu, 167-km Gandhi Ashram Chuchuyimlang NH-2 to Pangsha (ITC) road, 75-km road from Maibung in Tening in Nagaland to Tamenlong via Tamei in Manipur, 71-km road from (Ramani Ali) Simulguri-Bihubar in Assam to Mon and NH 702, road point at Zunheboto, Mariani-Mokokchung-Zunheboto-Phangsa-Phek-Meluri.
He said the road infrastructure in Nagaland would improve with the implementation of these road projects. 
Zeliang, however, cautioned that lingering Naga issue may stand on the way of such development projects. He also urged the people to cooperate with the government in such development initiatives. 
Earlier, the chief minister unveiled a monolith erected to commemorate 75th anniversary of Zunheboto.
Zunheboto District Planning Board chairman and Advisor to CM, S. Hukavi Jimomi in his welcome address thanked the chief minister for the concern he has for Zunheboto district and also encouraged the Sumi community to introspect and retrospect for better future. 
Ao Senden president, Yanger Jamir in his jubilee greetings expressed happiness of being part of the celebration. He said the Ao and the Sumi community have shared the good bond and withstood all the test of time. For many years, Yanger said the two tribes shared the same umbrella under one administrative area. He further said, Mokokchung can never be complete without mentioning the pioneers from Sumi communities who had contributed immensely for Mokokchung town and its people.
Earlier, the program was chaired by DC Zunheboto, Tridibesh Roy,  Amekali Achumi, a class 4 student of Olympic Hr. Sec. School gave a speech on ‘My Vision for Zunheboto 2042’, choreography from Step Hub Dance Academy, Fashion show from Nito Theological College, special presentation from SBCZ Choir, while cultural troupes from Laghilato colony, Project colony, North Point, Amiphoto colony and Alahuto Colony presented cultural activities. 
The programme was also attended by host of cabinet ministers, advisers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, tribal hoho leaders and government officials.

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