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Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival began in the Naga Heritage village of Kisama. The festival coincides with the Statehood Day of Nagaland which is observed on December 1.

It is tourism promotional extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage. It is also called as the ‘Festival of Festivals‘.

Key Facts
  • Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagaland every year in the first week of December. It is one of the biggest indigenous festivals of the country.
  • The festival is a tribute to Hornbill, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas for its qualities of alertness and grandeur.
  • The majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of the Nagas as reflected in tribal folklore, dances and songs.
  • It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments. It is also supported by the Union Government.
  • The Hornbill Festival provides a colourful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies.
  • It exposes both the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.
  • It was established on 1st December 1963 and was inaugurated by the then President Dr. S Radhakrishnan.
  • Over the years festival has become a unique platform for tourists to witness cultural diversity not only of the Nagas and other seven sister states of the northeastern region.


Parliament passes Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Parliament has passed the Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to help the north-eastern state achieve higher growth in animal husbandry sector.

The Bill proposes to amend the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992 to include Nagaland under the jurisdiction of Imphal Central Agriculture University (CAU).

Key Facts

  • The amendment will help Nagaland to reap the benefit of the Imphal Central Agriculture University which was established for the entire north eastern region.
  • The CAU Act, 1992 provides for the establishment of University in the north eastern region for the development of agriculture and advancement of research in agriculture and allied sciences.
  • It states that CAU is responsible for teaching and research in the field of agriculture for the north eastern states.
  • Earlier, the Act had defined the north eastern region as comprising the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura.


Isak Chisi Swu, founder of NSCN (IM) passes away

Naga leader and founder of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), Isak Chisi Swu passed away in Delhi. He was 86.

As a Naga leader he had led one of the worst insurgencies in the North-East India for almost three decades.

About Isak Chisi Swu

  • Swu belonged to the Sumi tribe and hailed from Nagaland’s Zunheboto district. He along with Thuingaleng Muivah had formed the NSCN (IM) in 1980.
  • They had formed NSCN (IM) in as an opposition to the Shillong Accord signed by the then Naga National Council (NNC) with the Union Government for bringing peace to Nagaland.
  • He was considered as the main person behind Naga peace pact (Framework Agreement) signed with Union Government in August 2015 to find a permanent solution to the vexed Naga issue.

NSCN (IM) is the largest group representing the Nagas. For decades it has been demanding a Greater Nagalim or a contiguous land for the Nagas, spanning Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. NSCN (IM) has been accused of indulging in killings, extortion and other subversive activities in the North East region.