Nagaland celebrates Statehood Day

2 Dec 2018

Nagaland on Saturday celebrated the 55th statehood day with cultural regale besides parade, drill and arms handling show by the police personnel and an air show by the Indian Air Force. On this day in 1963, Dr S Radhakrishnan, then President of India, declared Nagaland as the 16th State of the Indian Union. In his address during the colourful celebration at Secretariat Plaza here, chief minister Neiphiu Rio remembered the sacrifice and struggle of the founding fathers who conceptualised the idea of Naga nationalism and sovereignty. Maintaining that it is important to remember the history of statehood, he said armed conflicts between Naga groups resulted in the loss of many lives. The government of India recognised the Naga history "unique" and that the unresolved Naga political issue needed settlement as soon as possible, Rio said. Nagas now stand at the threshold of peace, he said and appreciated the Naga groups that are engaged in peace talks. The chief minister said that the yearning for lasting peace and an all-inclusive honourable, acceptable and an early settlement to the vexed Naga political issue is the top priority. Nagaland Governor PB Acharya also extended best wishes for a prosperous Nagaland. (PTI)