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KISAMA, Dec 9: The 9th day International Hornbill Festival was graced by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brigadier Dr. B.D Mishra as the chief guest at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on 9th December 2017. Governor of Nagaland, P.B Acharya and Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, C. Apok Jamir were the chief host and host of the day respectively.
As the first citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, and because the State bird of Arunachal Pradesh is Hornbill, I have a great affiliation with the Hornbill Festival, said Brigadier Dr. Mishra expressing his delight to be a part of the occasion. Reminiscing his stay in the State during on accounts of his postings to the State including 1967 at Meluri, 1964 at Pughoboto and his first posting after being selected from the National Military Academy in 1960, he expressed his happiness to be back at Kisama.
Quoting the popular epitaph at the Kohima War Cemetery “When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today,” Dr. Mishra urged the soldiers stationed in the State to contribute their best, and do everything for the people of the State. He also invited students from Nagaland to come and enjoy the varied and quality educational facilities at institutions in Arunachal Pradesh, maintaining that the State have wonderful universities.
People from North East went to Delhi earlier, but now people from Delhi comes to North East to inquire of what to be done for the region, Dr. Mishra stated. He was referring to Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s keen interest for the region.
Appealing for peace and security in the region, Dr. Mishra invited those not in the mainstream of the society to join hands. There must be peace, and they should come back to the mainstream, and contribute to prosperity of the region, he called.
Referring to the participation Vice Chancellor of Guwahati University, Dr. Mridul Hazarika besides a host of other important personalities at the 2018 edition of the Hornbill Festival, in his welcome address, Governor of Nagaland, P.B Acharya called the participation of University in the festival a positive achievement. Universities can and must positively participate in the development of the country, he stressed.
Hornbill Festival is an event where all Naga tribes converge at one location to showcase the best of their tribal costumes, songs and dances, Acharya apprised, adding that cultural troupes from neighbouring States of the North East also participate in the festival. Nagas are second to none, our youths are talented in every field, and we need to promote these talents in a systematic manner so as to create more employment opportunities for the youths, he pointed.
Lamenting the situations wherein students are compelled to go outside of the state to pursue higher technical / professional education, he suggested on addressing the issues in a pragmatic way. We have to develop and strengthen connectivity of the North East with the ASEAN region through trade, culture, people to people contacts and physical infrastructure, he maintained. With right focus on the development of connectivity, infrastructure and cooperation of the neighbouring countries, Nagaland can become one of the economic hubs connecting South East Asian countries, he further asserted. The same, he opined will become a reality only if widening of roads, expanding air connectivity, extending railway networks, opening new and reactivating dormant trade routes etc., are taken up on war footing.