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Governor Ganesan hopes bond between Nagas and Gorkhas grow stronger


KOHIMA, MAY 28: Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan today expressed hope that the bond and friendship between Nagas and Gorkhas would grow stronger and remain steadfast.
He said this while speaking at the Reception Programme organized in his honour by the Gorkha Public Panchayat Kohima (GPPK) at its complex in Chandmari here.
Addressing the gathering, Gandesan wished that the Gorkhas in Kohima will always remain good citizens and continue to contribute towards nation building.
He also conveyed best wishes to the Gorkha community and prayed to the Almighty to bestow wisdom and prosperity in their future endeavours.
He lauded the Gorkha people for the history of sacrifice for this great Nation.
Speaking about the Gorkha settlers in Nagaland, especially in Kohima, he summarized that the genesis of the existence of Gorkhas in Angami region seems to be almost two centuries old which can be assumed that their forefathers must have come after the advent of the British or they must have been brought for various purposes like recruitments as armed personnel in different forces.
As such, food habits, ancestral rituals, simplicity, bravery, modesty, honesty, trustworthy, faithfulness and hard work in nature are almost similar to each other, he said.
This also shows the adaptability and the determination of Gorkha people to become an integral part of the society wherever they are and also contribute in their best ways possible to society, he said.
Ganesan said Gorkhas being an amenable lot with an affable nature automatically started mingling with natives of various neighbouring villages and Khels thus establishing relationships as friends, godfathers, etc.
When the Gorkha community grew into a sizeable number, the British Government, with the consent of a few neighboring villages and Khels, established two distinct Gorkha villages by the name of Chandmari and Aradhura, he said.
Majority of Gorkha settlements were concentrated in these two villages but now with the expansion of township and municipality, the areas though called by the same nomenclature, have been converted into colonies, he said.
Like most communities that came to the Naga Hills and settled in Kohima initially, Gorkhas have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Kohima as a township, he said.
Acknowledging their contribution to the State, the Government of Nagaland declared them as Indigenous Non-Naga local residents of Nagaland, Ganesan said.
The Governor also witnessed the photo exhibition and the Gorkha Singhadevi Mandir within the GPPK complex.
9-Kohima Town Assembly Constituency MLA, Dr Tsielhoutuo Rhutsho, in his brief address, thanked the Gorkha community for their support in the State General Election 2023. He also assured to extend all possible support to the community.
Leaders of Tsütuonuomia Council, as guardians of Chandmari Nepali community, were also present on the occasion wherein GPPK president Santu Thapa delivered the welcome address while former advisor of GPPK Ranjit Lama shared about the genesis of Gorkhas of Kohima.
Gorkha Students Union vice president Jenny Lamechane Chettri chaired the reception programme and Vivela Club Kohima presented a patriotic song.
(Page News Service)