DIMAPUR, Dec 2: The Raj Bhavan Kohima observed the Assam
Foundation Day as part of the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
programme on Saturday.
Gracing the occasion, Nagaland governor La Ganesan urged the
people of Nagaland and Assam to rekindle our pledge towards
peace, harmony and prosperity. He also called for cementing
this age-old friendship between the two states with newfound
vigour and promise to safeguard our shared values, ensuring
that the spirits of unity, tolerance and acceptance continue to
The governor said both states share the same dream of a
peaceful region, where everyone respects and cherishes their
differences and where every dream finds its soil to grow.
He said the programme was organised to commemorate the
vibrant legacy of our sister state Assam, which is affectionately
referred to as the ‘Land of Red River’ and ‘Blue Hills.’
He also said the day was observed to expose the people to
diverse cultures and traditions through active interaction
between people of different states and UTs in India.
“The knowledge of the languages, cultures, traditions and
practices of different states will lead to mutual understanding
and appreciation for the diversity that is India, thereby
strengthening the unity and integrity of the country,” he stated.
Ganesan noted that Assam’s illustrious history and rich culture
has enriched the tapestry of our shared narrative, contributing
significantly to the collective ethos of this region. He pointed
out that its pristine tea gardens, enthralling Bihu dance, and the
timeless Assamese literature ignite our admiration and kindle a
strong bond of camaraderie between the Assamese and the
Dr HN Dutta, adviser, Sahitya Sabha Kohima, who spoke on
behalf of the Assamese people residing in Nagaland, said the
Assam Foundation Day is celebrated to commemorate the
advent of the first Ahom kingdom in Assam.
He made mention of the first Ahom king Sukapha’s contribution
to peace between Assam and its neighbouring states. He said
the king maintained good relations with the Naga people.
Dutta thanked the governor for organising the programme at
The Assamese artists performed Bihu dances, Assamese
modern dances and songs during the programme. They were
given certificates of appreciation by the governor.