With the advent of Christmas, the largest festival of Nagaland, an all pervading festive spirit has reverberated on the hills and valleys even as the people are sandwiched between skyrocketing prices of essentials and rampant extortions by underground activists.
Pre-Christmas programmes, merrymakings, parties, musical events, picnics have marked the festive season since mid Devember with political leaders attending functions after functions in different parts of the state.
Highrises, stret corners, churches and residences were decorated with lights, Christmas stars, Santa Clauses with the people flocking markets for last minutes shopping despite Kohima and Dimapur, two major commercial hubs of Nagaland, experienced severe power cuts during the fortenight.
At a pre-Christmas celebration at Raj Bhavan last evening, Governor Shyamal Datta wishing a merry Christmas to the people of the state, appealed them to understand the true meaning of the birth of Christ, the prince of peace, and rededicate themselves to end hostility that prevailed among a section of Nagas to give peace a chance.
Asserting that the violence has no place on this modern world, Datta reminded that the cult of violence would not succeed in Nagaland as the Nagas believe in love, compassion, and re-conciliation, the true traits of Christian teachings.