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NE states must unite and contribute towards nation building: Dr. Jamir

NE states must unite and contribute towards nation building: Dr. Jamir
Dr. SC Jamir being felicitated by the organizers.
DIMAPUR, FEB 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/1/2020 12:18:27 PM IST

Former Governor and former chief minister, Dr. S.C. Jamir called upon the people of the North Eastern region to unite and contribute towards nation building.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the Tai Ahom "Me-Dam-Me-Phi" ceremony held at Sibsagar, Dr. Jamir said people of the North East should not become a liability, but contribute to build this great country. 

He further called upon the leaders of the region to seriously think about the future of the people. Dr. Jamir said the leaders should think what would be the plight of the people of the region after 10 years or 15 years once the Act East Policy (AEP) is fully implemented. 

He said once the Act East policy is implemented, there would flow of people from South East Asian countries and not a single state would be able to accommodate the economic forces. Taking note of this, Dr. Jamir said people of the region would be compelled to have a common market. In order to complement it, he said leaders of the region should have broader and brighter vision, so that they can build up the basis where people can also contribute in the Act East Policy.

Therefore, Dr. Jamir particularly appealed to the leadership of Assam, terming it as mother of the North East family, to cement stronger ties with all other states by resolving any kind of misunderstanding.

The programme was also graced by former Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Host of people from Nagaland and other tribes of the North East also attended the ceremony.

"Me-Dam-Me-Phi" is the most important Ancestor worship communal festival in the Ahom religion celebrated by the Ahom people on 31 January every year in memory of the departed. It is the manifestation of the concept of ancestor worship that the Ahoms share with other peoples originating from the Tai stock. It is a festival to show respect to the departed ancestors and remember their contribution to society.

 

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