Dimasa Kacharis urged to continue cooperating with other tribes

Dimasa Kacharis urged to continue cooperating with other tribes
H Khehovi Yepthomi (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2019 11:34:32 AM IST

Tourism, Art and Culture advisor H Khehovi Yepthomi has appealed to the Dimasa Kachari community residing in the State to continue in their spirit of cooperation and bonding with other tribes, besides aspiring to reach greater heights. Addressing the 13th Bishu-Mini Hornbill festival at Urban Haat near Supermarket here on Sunday as special guest, Yepthomi assured the Kacharis that they had the support of the State government. 

“Kacharis’ hard work and patience are remarkable. If you unite and cooperate, you can overtake other tribes,” he exhorted, while also cautioning against divisions within the community. 

He later inaugurated stalls exhibiting and selling local products and delicacies.

The two-day cultural extravaganza is a product of a joint collaboration between Tourism, Art and Culture department and the 13th Bishu Mini Hornbill Festival Organising Committee. The inaugural day was marked by several colourful performances by various tribes and communities residing in Nagaland. The festival will culminate on Monday evening.

The advisor explained that the State government had two primary reasons for according importance to mini hornbill festivals – first, the need to strengthen and disseminate cultures of diverse communities living in Nagaland and, second, to foster peace, love and unity among different tribes. Emphasising  on the importance of preserving cultural heritage of different tribes in Nagaland, Yepthomi remarked, “People without knowledge of their culture and tradition is like a tree without roots.” He called upon those present to educate the younger generation about the culture of their ancestors and also speak and preserve the local language. 

“Once a community loses its language and culture, it loses its identity,” he added.

The advisor stressed on preserving one’s culture as a tool for fostering love, peace and unity. He lamented that communities often failed to reconcile and look at others for peace. He reminded them that “peace starts from within” and called for becoming “channels of love and peace.”   He explained how fulfilling the two objectives through mini hornbill festivals could open avenues for tourism and boost local economy.

Dimapur deputy commissioner Kevekha Kevin Zehol, who also spoke on the occasion, proposed that Bishu Mini Hornbill be extended to other villages. Commenting that many people had “subsidy-oriented mentality”, he advised the Kachari community to work harder and take their festival to all parts of the State.

In his address, Western Sumi Hoho vice president Nihokhe Awomi asserted that the Sumis and Kacharis had for long maintained brotherhood and advised the latter not to “let the evil of the world corrupt” them. He lamented that children today tended to avoid indigenous teaching, but expressed optimism that festivals like the Bishu offered everyone an opportunity to pass on their rich cultural tradition to the future generation.

Other highlights of the programme included traditional Bishu prayer by Sibrai Bismai Bosong president John Jeedung, felicitation of guests and dignitaries, welcome address by reception committee convener SK Khemprai, Bishu greeting by Dimasa Public Organisation Nagaland (DPON) president K Naben, traditional welcome dance by Dimasa Kachari Cultural Club, Bamunpukhri, display of traditional game Remin Nelaiyaba, cultural dance by Burkhang Cultural Society, Dimapur, a unity dance performances by six tribes – Dimasa Kacharis, Kukis, Gorkhas, Sumis, Karbis and Garos –and vote of thanks by DPON general secretary PM Thaosen.

The chairman of the programme was Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland president Ramesh Hasnu, while the compeers were Parsy Langthasa, Faihamdi longmailai and Hamrong Difoe. 

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