Churachandpur: If we put our nation first, we will always be the first; and the journey of pain in the nation to healing the nation should be our first priority, said Dr. Seilen Haokip, the spokesperson of Kuki National Organisation(KNO), on Monday.
Posing serious question as to whether the nation is in a healing process, he appealed the gathering to self-introspect oneselves with regards to a nation building process.
Recalling the bravery of Kuki freedom fighters in protecting the land and its people from the British imperialist, he spelt out all sorts of narratives surrounding Kuki Chiefs in asking red blanket instead of lands to the Britishers.
“As we are the sole of owner of the land, there is no point in asking for a land when we are the owner of the land itself. Red blanket signifies ownership of land, and thus the question of red blanket is justified,” he said.
“When we put our nation first, we will always be the first in every aspect,” he reiterated, and appealed all to put aside differences amongst the community, and further urged to wholeheartedly support the ongoing talks between the Kukis UGs and the government for political solution.
The annual post harvest festival called ‘Kut/Chavang Kut,’ celebrated worldwide by the Chin-Kuki-Mizo ethnic groups on November 1, was also celebrated by the people of Tuila-Songpi-Henglep areas on Monday at Tuilaphai Village, wherein Pu Jamkhomang Haokip, father of Hatchinghoi Haokip who recently cleared the UPSC Civil Service Examination 2020, graced the function as Kut Pa.
Delivering a message as Kut Pa, Jamkhomang Haokip explained the importance of education in a nation building and challenged the youth of Tuila area that if any youth from the area clears the coveted civil services exams in future, he would felicitate with a Mithun. He further elucidated that education should be the top priority for youth and parents so as to build the nation, for peace and progress in society.
The programme witnessed glamouring cultural presentation from T. Gangpijang Cultural Troupe, Tuila Cultural Troupe, Henglep Cultural Troupe, S. Moulhoi Cultural Troupe, Mata Lambulane Cultural Troupe and Tuilumjang Cultrual Troupe.
The noon seesion, scheduled for the cultural event, witnessed popular country singers like Lamkholhing Haokip, Manglun Haokip, Mary Vaiphei and Hengkot Male Voice, enthralling the crowd at regular intervals.
Apart from Village chiefs, CSOs and the general public, the noon session was attended by various MLA intending candidates from 57-Henglep A/C and 59-Saikot A/C.
The evening session was arranged for ‘musical extravaganza,’ wherein various pop artistes such as Helamboi Baite, Arjun Mangcha, Minlun Hangmi, Paolien Kom, Lamkholhing Haokip and Manglun Haokip would perform to excite the mammoth gatherings.