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Itanagar, Dec 2 – In the essence of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, Best India), the celebration of Nagaland Foundation Day took center stage at the Arunachal Pradesh Raj Bhavan on Friday. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt General (Retd) KT Parnaik, representing all Arunachalis, extended warm greetings to the people of Nagaland, fostering a sense of unity and goodwill.

Governor Parnaik emphasized that the celebration of other states’ foundation days, introduced by the Prime Minister, is a remarkable initiative to strengthen the unity among the people of India. It serves as a magnificent way of integration, allowing people to understand each other, fostering bonds and amity.

Recalling his close association with the people of Nagaland during his service over 47 years ago, Governor Parnaik praised the vibrant cultural heritage and traditions of Nagaland, serving as sources of motivation for all.

Accompanied by his wife Anagha Parnaik, the Governor joined the people from Nagaland, residing or studying in Arunachal Pradesh, in the day’s celebration. He extended good wishes to all participants and encouraged them to absorb the ethos and trends of Arunachali society, carrying back fond memories to their state.

As part of the celebration, Naga students and professionals presented a lively cultural program, including a Sumi Phom song ‘Oishe Oshore Kahvangi thehila’ and a skit ‘Jina and Etiben,’ an Ao Naga folktale about two lovers tragically separated due to social status differences. Students from NERIST showcased Naga attire, displaying the rich tradition and culture of Nagaland.

Governor Parnaik, in an initiative to promote the spirit of nationalism, invited students and teachers from different schools to participate in the celebration, fostering a sense of unity among the young minds.