A four-member official delegation of Nagaland, led by advisor to Nagaland chief minister and vice president of the Athletics Federation of India Abu Metha, paid a three-day visit to Mizoram from October 23 to October 25 on the invitation of the Mizoram Youth Commission. 

During the meeting with Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, Metha highlighted some of the programmes and initiatives of the Nagaland Government, especially in the areas of youth affairs.  

He invited Mizoram participants to the forthcoming international events which are going to be hosted in Nagaland like the Asia Music Summit, the South Asian Cross-Country Championships and the Grand Finale of the Indian National Rally Championships. 

Metha also appreciated the role and contributions of Zoramthanga in the Naga peace process. Zoramtanga said all sections are hoping for a peaceful and successful resolution of the peace talks. He wishes and prayed for achievement of peace in Nagaland. 

Zoramthanga also highlighted the need to work together under a spirit of collaboration between the north eastern states, especially Mizoram and Nagaland, with special focus in the agriculture and allied sector. 

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The team’s visit began with the visit to the Laldenga Memorial where they paid homage and laid floral tributes at the memorial of Mizoram’s first chief minister C Chhunga. 

The team attended Mizoram’s biggest music event as a special guest and addressed the Grand Finale of the Perhkhuang 2021 which had begun with more than 2,000 participants. 

In his address, Metha announced that the top five winners of the competition would be given the opportunity to perform at India’s most well-known music event, the Hornbill International Music Festival.  

He also assured that all efforts would be made to train the talents of young Mizos and Nagas in joint initiatives in order to propel them towards the highest international levels in order to bring pride and glory to the great nation. 

The Nagaland delegation participated in a Round Table Meet with the Mizoram Youth Commission wherein deliberations on the subjects of collaborations and knowledge sharing were undertaken. 

Other members of the delegation were adviser to Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA), Nagaland, Theja Meru; president of the Rattle and Hum Foundation Neingulie Nakhro and musician and creative producer, TaFMA, Imcha Imchen. 

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com