State celebrates Indigenous Faith Day with gusto | DCM Mein calls for protection of tribal language, culture

  • Local gurukul system the panacea to keep culture intact: Taki

NAMSAI, Dec 01: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein Thursday exhorted the indigenous faith believers of the state to zealously protect and promote tribal language and culture.

Attending the Indigenous Faith Day celebration at Namsai, Mein said that language and culture is the identity of the tribal people which should be promoted and protected.

“We must strive to revive and promote our folk songs and indigenous music and must preserve them either in written documents or in audio-visual format too,” he said.

Stating that a cultural revolution is going on to keep alive indigenous cultures and traditions in the state, the deputy chief minister added that the state government would continue to support Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) in their endeavours for preservation and promotion of the rich culture & traditions.

Informing that an ordination hall has been dedicated at the Golden Pagoda in Namsai on Wednesday, Mein said that it is an important part of Buddhist traditions to keep alive the Sangha.

He informed that without an ordination hall, Buddhist temples are incomplete as it is essential for new monks to be ordained.

On the occasion, identity cards were issued by the department of Indigenous Affairs to the priests and a calendar by IFCSAP was also released.

At Ziro: Like the recently conceptualized local gurukul school at Seppa which teaches the cultural ethos and practices blended with modern NCERT English education to young high school students, we need more such gurukuls in our districts to educate our young generation with value-based education comprising both tribal and modern education, said Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Tage Taki.

Taki said such local gurukuls will play pivotal role in educating the younger generation of their traditional values, ethos, culture, social practices and local dialects blended with modern English education which will give a sound foundation to a student to be realistic in life and rooted to its own tribe.

Articulating the need to involve participation of young generation in such social occasions where one’s roots and traditions are showcased in full potent, Taki appealed to the Apatani denizens to stand united for good social causes irrespective of caste, clan or political linages.

On the occasion, Taki also spelt out the significant encompassing roles of Danyi Pillo in the lives of tribals of the state. He also donated electric kettles to all the Meder Nellos of the district including few at other districts.

While advocating participation of young generation and maintaining a ‘uniform dress code’ in such social occasions, Lower Subansiri DC Bamin Nime announced to provide 100 supreme ornate chairs and help in upkeep of Danyi Pillo Society library.

Counsellor in the department of Indigenous Affairs and prominent Apatani elderly citizen Lod Kojee dwelt at length on the topic of protection, preservation and promotion of one’s culture and traditions.

Spelling out that Apatani dress code was rich, varied and famed all over India which had even fascinated Prime Ministers Late Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi, Kojee voiced against forceful conversions and urged the district administration against grant of permission to use general grounds for religious activities.

President of Apatani Supun Dukung (TSD), the apex body of Apatani, Hage Khoda Shalla said that Danyi Pillo was the earliest and biggest religion of the world which had evolved before any other religion came to light.

He also expressed hope that the modest honorariums given to tribal shamanslike gaon buras would further attract more tribal people to take up shaman as their profession.

The day-long celebration witnessed showcasing of several colourful dance items by Apatani, Nyishi, Galo, Tagin and Missing tribes. A mega-dance comprising all the tribes and exhibition of Apatani traditional dresses, tools and equipment was another added attraction of the event.

At Tezu: The celebrations here began with a cultural procession by believers from tribes residing in the district. The procession was led by a band display by VKV Students.

Speaking on the occasion Ambrelum Gamre, IFCSAP Lohit unit president, remembered Talum Rukbo, the pioneer of the indigenous faith movement in Arunachal Pradesh.

He stressed on the need to preserve the tradition for the future.

DC Shashvat Sourabh gave his regards to the public on the day and said that youths are the future of the society hence all the elders, CBOs, NGOs should help to assimilate those youth who have fallen in the path of the evils like drug menace.

He further requested IFCSAP, MICAFPS and the organizers to conduct panel discussions, symposiums besides cultural programs to mark the day.

MLA Karikho Kri speaking on the occasion stressed the need for documentation in order to stop the language and culture from extinction. He also highlighted the need to evolve with time to bring positive changes with time.

He asked the priest and shaman to play the leading role in these changing times. He assured all necessary helps to be provided from his end in this endeavour.

At Aalo: The day was also celebrated here at Gumin Kinn where Karsen Lollen attended as chief guest.

Former minister Doi Ado appealed to the Donyi Polo believers to preserve the rich culture and traditional of the Galo tribe.

DC Penga Tato urged the people to stand united for preservation of rich culture and tradition.

Lollen appealed the Donyi-Polo believers to devote in practicing the own religion.

At Khonsa: Tirap Indigenous People Society (TIPS) in collaboration with other tribes of the state celebrated the day at Nehru stadium here, where 36th CRPF Nattalion Commandant Pawan Kumar Singh, advised the people to follow traditional way of livelihood.

He said that parents and elders must play a pivotal role to teach mother tongue to their children and younger ones to speak their native language at least at home.

The commandant added that if any of the language dies, connect to cultural identity will die.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers’ Association (APCTA) in collaboration with Dera Natung Government College, jointly organised friendly cricket matches to commemorate Indigenous Faith Day and World AIDS Day.

The cricket match was played between DNGC Professors’ Sporting Club and United XI comprising of professors from various government colleges- Doimukh, Seppa, Bomdila and Yachuli at playground of Dera Natung Government College.

In the first match while batting first, the visiting team posted a score of 114 runs in 20 overs. The host team chased down the target of 115 runs after losing 4 wickets and five overs remaining. Nending Ommo, Assistant Professor in English of DNGC Professors’ Sporting Club who bagged 2 wickets and scored 42 runs, was declared the man of match.

In the second match, while batting first, host team posted a total of 94 runs in 15 overs after losing 6 wickets.

The visiting team chased the target with thrilling last over with 6 wickets and one ball remaining.  Dr Tadam Rutti, Assistant Professor of Doimukh Government College was declared the man of the match who scored half century and took a wicket.

The friendly cricket match ended in a tie. The decider game shall be played soon as agreed by the captain of both the teams.

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