Feb 17, 2011

Nagalim: Echoes of Unity at Lui-Ngai-Ni Fest

Amidst the United Naga Council (UNC) led campaign for alternative administrative arrangements for the Nagas living in Manipur, the community have celebrated Lui-Ngai-Ni, their their greatest festival.

Below is an article published by The Times of India:

Unlike the past festivals, leaders of the Kuki Inpi Manipur (Kim), including its president, Thangkhosei Hoakip, joined this year's extravaganza. Haokip attended the programme as the guest of honour. Naga Hoho president Keviletuo Kiewhuo, the chief guest of the occasion, emphasized the need to join hands for a better future. "May this (festival) be the foundation for our people to come together as one. It is for us to struggle together for a better future," he said. He also emphasized the need to strengthen the UNC.

Commenting on the UNC's alternative arrangement campaign, Kevioletuo said the Naga Hoho will stand by it. He, nevertheless, said the agenda of the campaign should be made clear to all. He also pointed out the need for the collective Nagas' call of "One nation, One culture."

UNC president Samson Remei said it was time for them to ponder over "the gradual decadence" of their culture and "restore it to its pristine glory."

"As we celebrate Lui-Ngai-Ni, we must once again dedicate ourselves to Naga reconciliation process, the pursuance of Alternative Arrangement and the Indo-Naga Peace Process to usher in an honourable and acceptable settlement in Nagalim," he added. Kim president Hoakip, recalled the key role taken by the UNC and Kim in ushering peace and harmony between the Nagas and the Kukis in the aftermath of the infamous communal flare up between two communities in the early Nineties.