Dimapur, December 2: Assam State Foundation Day program was organized at Raj Bhavan Kohima on December 2. The programme was graced by Governor of Nagaland, La Ganesan.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the program is to commemorate the vibrant legacy of Assam, which is affectionately referred to as the ‘Land of Red River and Blue Hills.’
The Governor stated that this program organized at Raj Bhavan Kohima is part of the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program, which aims to expose people to diverse culture and traditions through active interaction between people of different states and UTs in India. He said that it envisages that the knowledge of the language, culture, traditions and practices of different states will lead to mutual understanding and appreciation for the diversity that is India, thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of the country. This program also aims to celebrate the people of the particular state wherever they are residing in a country, he said.
The Governor mentioned about Assam’s illustrious history and rich culture that has enriched the tapestry of our shared narrative, contributing significantly to the collective ethos of this region. He pointed out that its pristine tea gardens, enthralling Bihu dance, and the timeless Assamese literature ignite our admiration and kindle a strong bond of camaraderie between the Assamese and the Nagas.
The Governor urged the people of the two states to rekindle our pledge towards peace, harmony, and prosperity. He called upon everyone to cement this age-old friendship with newfound vigor and promise to safeguard our shared values, ensuring that the spirits of unity, tolerance, and acceptance continue to thrive.
The Governor said that both Assam and Nagaland shares the same dream – the dream of a peaceful region, where everyone respects and cherishes their differences, a region where every dream finds its soil to grow. The Governor also handed over the certificates of appreciation to the artists who performed dances and songs.
Advisor of Sahitya Sabha, Kohima Dr. H.N Dutta who spoke on behalf of the people of the Assamese residing in Nagaland said that the Assam foundation Day is celebrated to commemorate the advent of the first Ahom Kingdom in Assam. He narrated the history of chief Sukapha and his contribution to the peace between Assam and its neighbouring states and who also maintained good relationship between Assam and Nagaland.
He also said that both the neighbouring states are trying to strengthen the age old strong relationship. At the outset, he thanked the Governor for organizing the program in the Raj Bhavan.
He also handed over two books title ” History Art and Archaeolgy of Doyang -Dhansari Valley, Assam and ” Eastern Himalayan Domestic Architecture which was published and edited by him and Imotemsu Ao.
The various artists from the Assamese community performed Bihu Dances, Assamese modern dances and songs. The Secretary to Governor Rajesh Soundararajan gave the welcome address while the vote of thanks was pronounced by Jt. Secretary to Governor Mhomo Tungoe. (Page News Service)