Aizawl, Feb 15: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla preached on brotherhood when he graced Naga Festival -‘Lui-Ngai-Ni’ at Ukhrul in neighboring state Manipur today. Thanking Manipur United Naga Council for inviting him to grace the 30-year old Naga festival, CM Lal Thanhawla conveyed best wishes to United Naga Council so that their initiative may bring forth brotherhood and understanding among the different communities of the Naga.
CM Hawla also congratulated United Naga Council for the declaration of Naga Festival ‘Lui-Ngai-Ni’ as State Holiday by Manipur Government and for being acknowledged by the Union Ministry of Tourism.
‘Lui-Ngai-Ni’ is an occasion for the different communities of the Naga tribe in Manipur during which they exposes their ethnic colours.
CM Hawla said that he was especially happy to be in Ukhrul recalling the coming of Wales Missionaries to Manipur and Mizoram in the same year in 1896 – Rev William Pettigrew to Manipur and Rev J.H.Lorrain and Rev F.W.Savidge to Mizoram.
“I felt it is the Gospel and Christianity which have brought the Nagas and Mizos together”, he said, adding that from Ukhrul on to other parts of Manipur, Christianity kept on spreading which in turn has brought a special blessing of God on Tangkhul community.
Besides the many high posts in Central and State Governments they holds, the first tribal High Court Chief Justice happens to be from Tangkhul community, CM Hawla mentioned. Also, a number of ex-CMs of Manipur from Tangkhul community had also done great for the people, he added.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that Christianity carried with it the responsibility to make peace and tranquility and called on the people to gives importance to unity. He also suggested exchange of visits whether for integration.
Lui-Ngai-Ni Kut has been celebrated since 1986 by Thangkhul, Kabui and Mao in Manipur Naga as Seed Sowing Festival. The very name of the festival Lui-Ngai-Ni is also taken from the languages of three communities.
Among other Naga cultural dances, CM Hawla appreciated Kabui Naga dance in particular saying the same is known across the world.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, accompanied by his wife Lal Riliani and P.L.Thanga, State Planning Board Member Secretary, went and came back by helicopter.