Correspondent DIMAPUR, Dec 1 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Hornbill Festival 2014 at Naga Heritage complex, Kisama, about 10 km from Kohima. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated the Nagas on celebrating the 51st anniversary of statehood which coincided with the Hornbill Festival 2014.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural function of Hornbill Festival at Kohima in Nagaland on Monday. - UB Photos
He also urged the Nagas to introspect the past 50 years and focus on what remains to be accomplished. “Hornbill Festival does not mean only songs and dances, but it connotes simplicity and honesty of the Nagas,” the PM said.
Noting that Nagaland is known for rich biodiversity, he said people from outside would come for investment and tourism and so the biodiversity should be protected.
Expressing his admiration for the Nagas for maintaining gender equality in the society, Modi urged the young Nagas to explore and excel in IT outsourcing and also encouraged them to take keen interest in sports such as boxing, taekwondo and archery.
The Prime Minister later inaugurated the exhibition-cum-sale of handloom and handicrafts products at Bamboo Pavilion, Kisama. He appreciated the designs and motif exhibited at the pavilion.
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya in his address lauded Modi for his concern shown to Nagas through his maiden visit to Nagaland. Chief Minister TR Zeliang assured the Prime Minister that the state government and the people of Nagaland would stand by him as he sets goals for the country’s future.