Lui-Ngai-Ni celebrated

Biren government has ended nightmarish era of blockade: Minister Kaisii

TMB Report

Imphal: Lui-Ngai-Ni 2020, a seed sowing festival for the Nagas was held at different parts of the state with the state level function held at NL ground, Ukhrul district headquarters under the aegis of United Naga Council, where various leaders of valley oragnisations also attended.

Attending the function, Tribal Affairs & Hill Development, Fisheries Minister N Kaisii said that the nightmarish era of frequent bandh and blockades, agitations have ended ever since Chief Minister N Biren led government came to power in the state.

In past, law and order in the state was in a deplorable condition with frequent bandhs, blockades, strikes crippling the state’s progress and academic atmosphere. After induction of Chief Minister N Biren led government, the state sees no more bandhs, blockades and strikes. It is because of the improvement in Hill-valley ties and mutual understanding. Love, unity and fraternity can be brought about when every community takes part in each other’s festivals and exchanges their cultural activities. This year’s Luingaini festival is a successful one as representatives from various communities both from the valley and Hill gathered here to attend it, said the minister.

The minister further said that Lui-Ngaini festival, which began from 1986, got states recognition in 1988. Since recognition by the state government, celebration of the festival has completed 32nd years. It is high time that all the different communities in Naga were united together through the festival.

UNC president S Kho John said that Nagas suffered a lot in prolonged Naga independent movement. Now, the Nagas will no longer suffer as the peace process is on the verge of conclusion. He appealed to other communities to extend support and strengthen the Naga peace accord.

Lui-Ngai-Ni is a seed sowing festival for the 20 Naga tribal groups comprising of Anal, Aimol, Chothe, Chiru, Inpui, Kharam, Khoibu, Lamkang, Liangmai, Mao, Maring, Maram, Moyon, Monsang, Poumai, Rongmai, Tarao, Tangkhul, Thangal and Zeme.

Organised by the Tangkhul Welfare Associaition (TWA) in association with Tangkhul Shanao Long and Tangkhul Katamnao Long, Langol, ‘Lui- Ngai- Ni’ festival was held at Langol Housing Complex Tangkhul Baptist Church with the theme ‘Ngashan Mashiman Khavai’.

Speaking to the gathering as chief guest, Former Deputy Speaker, MK Preshow Shimray said that Lui-Ngaini festival is celebrated to pray to the Almighty God to shower blessing and to give good seasonal harvest. Such festival is organized for the first time at Langol to preserve such cultural heritage in generations to come.

Every community needs to acknowledge and respect their own cultural values, only then, they can showcase the beauty of their cultural values to others. It is very unfortunate that the younger generation seems to have ignored cultural values gifted by the forefathers. As such, younger people need to be imprinted with cultural values. Identity of our community will be in peril when we do not disrespect our culture and tradition. Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the beautiful culture and identity of the Nagas. Manipur will be full of shortages and will not be a comfortable place for survival when one community only dominates. Equal development among the communities will rather beautify the state and bring glory, he added.

MAPI Council president, N Bimol Meitei recounted that MAPI Council was formed by different 500 clubs when the June, 18 incident of 2001 erupted. When the incident broke out, some tribal communities settling in the valley attempted to flee from the valley. However, the council showed brotherhood and calmed down their apprehensions. It has been working towards bringing peace, unity and love among the communities in the state and contributing its best part to resolve the grievances of any community.

He said that every community needs to protect their own culture and tradition. To protect tradition and culture of Tangkhul, the younger generation should be imprinted the cultural and traditional values of the community so that our cultural heritage is protected in tact.

ADU Ukhrul, Somimayar Awungshi said that the final settlement of Naga peace talk will not disturb Manipur. The Naga solution is a collective initiative for all. With this, unity of the region can be built up. The separate Hill and valley feelings on Naga solution to create a biasness is unacceptable. Naga solution is for the people and strengthen better ties in the state. Rather than shouting the mere slogan, “Hill and valley are one’, it is the need of the hour to show it into action, he said and obaerved that hill and valley ties can be strengthened when the Naga solution is materialized.

TWA Advisor, Wungnaoyo Tuithung also attended as guest of honour.

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