GUWAHATI, Dec 2: The Red Shield Division of the Indian Army
established public utility and beautification projects at the
Kisama Heritage Village, home to the Hornbill Festival – the
festival of festivals under Operation Sadbhavana. Setting up a
new precedence, an Army Morung has been established during
Hornbill Festival, showcasing rich culture and heritage of the
Naga People and there contribution towards the nation
building. The Army Morung pay rich tribute to the valiant
soldiers and outstanding sportspersons of the state of
Nagaland, in coordination with the Ministry of tourism,
government of Nagaland.
The Morung of Indian Army was inaugurated by Reeta Sahi,
zonal president Army Wives Welfare Association, Spear Corps
at Hornbill Festival on Dec 1, showcasing the valiant history of
the fearless Naga soldiers and martyrs. It has a dedicated
Corner made in memory of Captain N Kengruse, MVC
(Posthumous), who attained martyrdom during Op Vijay in
1999. The Morung also highlights the contribution and
accomplishments of the sportspersons of Nagaland.
The Red Shield Division of the Spear Corps has facilitated a
Musical Fountain at the Heritage Village providing further
colour and festive ambience to the venue of the mega festival,
along with an army band playing traditional martial tunes.
drinking water facility, public conveniences and water coolers
have been constructed, catering for basic amenities for a large
number of visitors which congregate for the Hornbill Festival
The projects were inaugurated by the Temjen Imna Along,
minister of tourism, government of Nagaland. Maj Gen Sumit
Kabthiyal GOC Red Shield Division handed over the projects to
the Festival authorities during the opening ceremony.
The Indian Army Morung will be open to visitors for the entire
duration of the Hornbill Festival with the Army Bands display,
contributing to the festive atmosphere.
During the Festival, the family members of Captain N Kengruse,
MVC (P) will be felicitated in a special ceremony being
organised on December 7.
As a follow up to the Hornbill Festival 2023 and precursor to the
Silver Jubilee of the Hornbill Fest in 2024, Capt N Kengruse
Football tournament will also be organised by Red Shield
Division in January 2024, celebrating the life and paying tribute
to the indomitable spirit of the Braveheart Nagas.