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Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Zeliang urges Nagas to overcome tribalism

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By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Nov 15, 2023 7:46 pm
TR Zeliang,
TR Zeliang, Angelina Tajen and participants during the culmination of the march at NLA Gate in Kohima on Wednesday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang, on Wednesday, urged the Naga people to work towards overcoming tribalism and unite as a cohesive community.

Flagging off the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas tribal march near Kohima College, he expressed hope that the march would bring unity and a sense of brotherhood among the tribes.

Zeliang said that the government of India has rightly chosen November 15, which is also the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, a tribal freedom fighter, for the event. Being celebrated since 2021, Janjatiya Gaurav Divas is observed to remember the contribution of tribal freedom fighters for Indian independence.

“While we remember many great personalities in the struggle for Independence, some tribal leaders are rarely remembered in honour of their contribution,” he said while adding that there is a possibility of noteworthy personalities from the Naga community whose contributions could have gone unnoticed.

He also stressed the importance of retracing history, maintaining records, and designating a day to celebrate their lives.

Earlier, Angelina Tajen, Secretary for Tribal Affairs, shed light on the genesis of Janjatiya Gaurav Divas in her keynote address.

Elucidating that the day commemorates various tribal movements across India during the struggle against British colonial rule, she reminded the role of figures like Rani Gaindiliu, who led a revolt against the British in India.

Tajen highlighted the substantial contributions of tribals in India to nation-building, besides their role in preserving cultural heritage and promoting core Indian values of national pride, valour, and hospitality. She further asserted that acknowledging these significant efforts, the government of India has undertaken various initiatives to support and uplift the tribal communities.

The 15-day event, which started with people from various tribes of Nagaland taking a march adorned in their traditional attires and accompanied by folk songs, from Kohima College to NLA Gate, will feature a series of activities to commemorate the rich history, culture, and achievements of the tribal people, with exhibitions showcasing their contributions, she said.

The culmination programme will be held at three Eklavya Residential Model Schools (EMRS) in Tuensang, Tizit, and Diphupar.

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By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Nov 15, 2023 7:46:32 pm
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