Nagaland celebrates vibrant heritage of West Bengal

Governor of Nagaland, La Ganesan with others during the statehood foundation day of West Bengal celebrated at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on June 20. (Photo Courtesy: PRO, Raj Bhavan)

Governor of Nagaland, La Ganesan with others during the statehood foundation day of West Bengal celebrated at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on June 20. (Photo Courtesy: PRO, Raj Bhavan)

Kohima, June 20 (MExN): The statehood foundation day of West Bengal was celebrated at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on June 20.

Governor of Nagaland, La Ganesan speaking at the programme said that the gathering is to celebrate the rich cultural history and vibrant heritage of West Bengal, which is brought to life by the esteemed community members residing here in Nagaland. 

He extended statehood day greetings to the people of West Bengal who have made Nagaland their home, and that through songs, dances, and colorful expressions of Bengali culture, they have brought the essence of their homeland, weaving a thread of unity and brotherhood, stated a press release issued by PRO, Raj Bhavan.

The Governor said that the celebration is a testament to the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat – an initiative by the Government of India that aims to strengthen bonds and enrich the cultural fabric of our nation by promoting understanding and respect for the diverse traditions that make up our country. ‘It is in occasions such as these that, we truly appreciate the incredible unity in diversity that defines India,’ he said.

The Governor noted that West Bengal, a land known for its rich literary heritage, art, music, and cinema, has contributed immensely to the cultural and intellectual vibrancy of our nation. Figures like Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, Satyajit Ray, and Swami Vivekananda have left indelible marks on the world stage, and their legacy continues to inspire countless individuals. Many eminent persons have particularly made immense contributions during the freedom struggle of our country, he added.

“This celebration is not just an event but a reflection of the harmonious coexistence and mutual respect that we all strive for. It is through understanding and celebrating our differences that we find unity and strength,” he stated. 

The Governor also welcomed the students and faculty from Don Bosco College, Kohima. The celebration saw various cultural presentations by the Bengali community of Nagaland. A video presentation on the goodwill message by Governor of West Bengal, Dr CV Ananda Bose was displayed.

Commissioner & Secretary to Governor, Rajesh Soundararajan gave the welcome address, speech on West Bengal was said by Development Officer, LIC of India & President, Durgabari, Kohima, Sudipta Kumar Dey, Advocate, Guwahati High Court, Kohima Bench, PB Paul gave a short speech and vote of thanks was delivered by Section Officer, Jochule.