Maintain deep-rooted indigenous culture: CM

KUPORIJO, Sept 19: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated Donyi Polo Khumko Naam here Kuporijo in Upper Subansiri district on Monday urged all to maintain the their deep-rooted indigenous culture.

While development is an integral part of life, it is important that the indigenous people of the state never forget their roots and cherish their rich culture and tradition, Khandu said and stressed that indigenous languages should be popularly spoken in the society so that every young child learns it naturally. “Our language and culture gives us our identity,” he said.

Acknowledging significance of ‘nyibus’ (shaman) in preserving the culture and traditions of Tani tribes, he expressed gratitude to them on behalf of state people and appealed all to always place nyibus on the highest pedestal as all cultural traditions and festivals revolve around them. “Without them none of our indigenous rituals will be complete,” he said.

Khandu reiterated his advice to dedicate a place of worship in their homes to foster a spiritual connection with the supreme power and gave the example of Monpa tribe to which he belongs. He said that rich or poor every Monpa family has a place of worship in their homes. A sense of peace and righteousness prevails, he said.

“Govt is doing all it can to preserve our indigenous culture and traditions but all depends on indigenous communities and their determination to preserve theirs,” Khandu said and urged people not to make comparisons between different religions and faiths but treat every religion with respect.

“We are what we are and we should be proud of what we are,” he said with conviction.

Khandu also witnessed elaborate rituals performed by the nyibu to invoke blessings of Donyi Polo for the well-being, good health and long life of all.

Tourism Minister Nakap Nalo, district MLAs Rode Bui, Nyato Dukam and Tanya Soki, members of Tagin Welfare Society, Nyishi Elite Society and Galo Welfare Society and Donyi Polo believers were present. (CMO)

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