Arunachal, Dec 18: The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu said that the state’s people should stop involving themselves in endless politics and rather focus on the development of Arunachal.
The people of the Abotani belt in Arunachal, take politics very seriously and view life and development exclusively from a political point of view. Khandu urged people to engage in politics only once every five years rather than overdoing it in all spheres of life.
It wouldn’t be worthwhile to play politics throughout those five years, said the chief minister, since people have the chance to elect whomever they wish every five years.
Khandu further stated that politics should not be driven by money culture, but by performance. Maya village which lies in Deed Circle of Lower Subansiri district is where he spoke at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened Tribal Cultural Center.
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He emphasized the protection of the indigenous identity of the people of the state, as well as their cultural heritage, is of the utmost importance and expressed his hope that the cultural centre would pave the way to it.
At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, most of the developed nations of the world were occupied by indigenous communities. These communities disappeared over the years as globalization accelerated.
He pronounced that the people of Arunachal are lucky to still be rooted in their cultural identity. However, he pointed out that unless they practice their cultural heritage and pass it on to the next generation, their distinct identities would wane slowly as well.
Khandu advocated the preservation of the cultural identity passed down by the ancestors of indigenous people of the state, regardless of their religious faith. The same fervour with which indigenous festivals are celebrated should be displayed in all indigenous languages, he said.
He stated that in recognition of the threats that face indigenous communities worldwide, he created the Department of Indigenous Affairs in 2017 as a means for the state to support the preservation of cultural identities belonging to 26 major tribes and more than 100 subtribes.
At the community level, he encouraged a ‘brainstorm‘ to determine why people are turning away from their indigenous faiths, without blaming anyone.
The event was attended by Bamang Felix, Taba Tedir, MLA Zignu Namchoom and B R Wahge, Katung Wahge, president of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), and Bengia Tulum, president of the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF).