India, Oct. 23 -- The Nagaland government has attracted criticism from various quarters after a notification of its tourism department asking allied departments to initiate preparations for the annual Hornbill Festival, which is held from December 1 till 10, was circulated on social media platforms.

Although the department had later clarified in sections of local media that the state's premier festival would be organised virtually, opposition Naga People's Front (NPF) swiftly reacted against celebration of any festival amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The NPF issued a statement on Friday terming the move of the NDPP-BJP coalition government in the state as a 'suicidal mission' as Covid cases are spiking up day after day.

"Even if the celebra...