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Cultural programme promotes harmony between northeastern states

Kohima, Sun, 04 Sep 2011 ANI

Kohima, Sep 4 (ANI): Thousands of people from the northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland participated in the trans-border cultural programme that was organised to promote friendship and harmony between the two states.


Members of Border Peace Coordination Committee said that it was important to hold sports and cultural events on a regular basis, as it would help to establish peace and harmony.


"From this programme, the Shilpi Samaj wants to give a message to the people of Assam and Nagaland that without peace, there is nothing in this world, nobody can live without peace, so, some incidents are happening in Nagaland, even in Assam. These incidents are happening due to some culprits who do not want peace to be established in Assam or in Nagaland or in the world," said Deepak Tanti, a member of Border Peace Coordination Committee from Assam.


"So, we would like to give a message that every one should understand, they should not get wrong thoughts after hearing those incidents or circumstances, they should be calm and they should understand the situation and they should sought out all these incidents peacefully," he added.


The two states have a long-standing border dispute, which often resulted in clashes between the people of both the states and disrupted peace and tranquility.


The Border Peace Coordination Committee asked people of the two states to tread on the right path so that peace is established and the future generation does not suffer.


Tribal dances of Nagaland and Assam's Bihu dance and Jhumur Dance were performed on the occasion.


A friendly football match was also played between Yonglok Football Club of Nagaland and Sivasagar Football Coaching Centre.


Border Peace Coordination Committee Secretary Sameer Gogoi said restrictions in border areas should be relaxed so as to cement unity between the people of both the states.


"The relation between the people of Nagaland and the Sibsagar District is very old, the people of both the places are working together since time immemorial. We think that restrictions in border areas should be relaxed to some extent, so that the free movement among the people is retained and unity, friendship, free trading, tourism and peace are introduced in this area, which will go long way in cementing the inherent bonds of friendship along the Assam, Nagaland border area," said Gogoi. (ANI)


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