Friday, January 27, 2023

NDPP appeals Eastern Nagaland leaders to reconsider decision to boycott Hornbill

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) on Friday appealed to the leaders and people of Eastern Nagaland to reconsider their decision to abstain from taking part in Hornbill Festival and join rest of the State in celebrating the festival in “unity and brotherhood.”
This was among five-point resolution adopted during the consultative meeting of the NDPP held at its head office in Chümoukedima on Friday to deliberate on Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) decision to abstain from taking part in the Hornbill Festival.
The meeting was also attended by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak, host of legislators and senior party leaders.
The resolution, jointly signed by NDPP vice president and spokesperson Merentoshi R. Jamir and general secretary (Administration) Oben Quinker, said that the State government led by chief minister Rio had already agreed and decided to address the grievances raised by ENPO.
While appreciating and respecting the sentiments and stand of ENPO to boycott the festival, the party reminded that it was celebrated to commemorate Statehood, pointing out that after the Oting tragedy, the State and people had shown oneness by standing in solidarity. It called upon everyone to show that oneness once again.
The house also pointed out that the very essence of Hornbill Festival was to portray the unity in diversity of the people of Nagaland that needed active participation and support of people of the State, covering all corners and tribes that made Nagaland.
More so, at a juncture when the people were expectantly awaiting a final settlement to the Indo-Naga political issue, it was important that the world saw the oneness and unity of all stakeholders, especially on an important State occasion like the internationally-renowned Hornbill Festival, the “Festival of Festivals”, the party stated.
Further, besides promoting Naga way of life and showcasing Nagas’ rich cultural heritage to the global community, NDPP said Hornbill Festival has now become a national as well as an international platform to promote and explore local entrepreneurs, human resources and products.
Maintaining that it had nothing to do with politics, the house called for efforts to let the event continue in this manner even in the future. Opportunities of the festival should be maximized for all Naga youth for their own growth and progress, it stressed.
Therefore, NDPP appealed to people of the State, especially ENPO brethren, that such an opportunity should not be denied to young denizens and upcoming entrepreneurs. Rather, active participation of youth from all over the State must be encouraged to avail the benefits and advantages the festival had to offer and once again make this a people’s festival, it stressed.
On the issue of Statehood demand (Frontier Nagaland), the NDPP said that the issue lay with Government of India, and not with the State government or citizens of Nagaland. The Government of Nagaland had already submitted its recommendation to make ENPO area an autonomous region to the Government of India, and anything beyond this was outside the State government’s domain, it said.
In fact, NDPP said the State government had never objected to the demand of ENPO people for a separate State and that the party also supported this demand.
NDPP also requested the State government to implement all necessary decisions taken under the leadership of Rio to address the grievances raised by ENPO and ensure that the Hornbill Festival 2022 was organised with the participation of every citizen of the State representing all vibrant tribes of Nagaland.
The party, therefore, called upon “Eastern brethren” to reconsider their decision and join rest of the State in celebrating the “Festival of festivals” and show the world unity in brotherhood, solidarity and as one people.

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