Minister of Urban Development and Higher Education Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said language served as medium of understanding as well as creative power.
Inaugurating the three-day National Seminar on tribal literature and language with special reference to the languages of Northeast India, at Tourist Resort Chedema, the minister said holding national seminar on tribal literature was highly welcomed and seminar will have its far reaching effect on development of Tenyidie. An academician and a prolific writer, the minister also said literature provided humanity the best foundation towards development and served as reservoir of thought and knowledge that preserved culture and other aspects of life through the ages.
Further he urged the modern writers do their best to generate new knowledge and also honour old values, cultures and wisdom of ancestors. “It is also a specimen of a person’s originality and identity. Therefore, we have the history in every field of discipline of studies that continues to the present time and will continue to the future” he added.
Touching upon the literature of the northeast region, the minister said that expect one or two, no language community had crossed two centuries, yet Nagas should determine to stand on own towards development of respective literature. He also released a book –Tribal Languages and Literature of North east written by Dr. Latluangliana Khiangte. A minute symbolic silence was observed in protest against atrocities committed in Vice Chancellor in the Nagaland University.
In her key note address Prof. Badapin War, President, Tribal Literary Forum of India stressed on the need to preserve and promote the tribal languages in the country.
Earlier the function was chaired by Dr. D. Kuolie , Head Department of Tenyidie, special song by Tenyidie, Department students , NU and Dr. Mimi K. Ezung purposed the vote of thanks.
The seminar was funded by Sahitiya Akademi , Kolkatta , North East Council, Shillong and North East Zonal Cultural Centre, Dimapur, organized by Department of Tenyidie, Nagaland University.