Friday, October 7, 2022

DAST commemorates Tsüngremmong festival

More than 600 people including civil servants, defence personnel, policy makers, scholars and others celebrated Tsüngremmong festival, organised by the Delhi Ao Senso Telongjem (DAST) at Nagaland House, New Delhi on August 6.
In a press release, DAST informed that the festival was graced by resident commissioner, government of Karnataka, New Delhi, Imkongla Jamir and joint commissioner of police/special police unit for North East Region (SPUNER) and nodal officer for Northeast people, Hibu Tamang as guests of honour.
In her address, Imkongla Jamir opined that North Eastern people should open their minds and be willing to explore and learn about the environment and situation they live in.
The kind of knowledge that does not give space for learning, unlearning, and re-learning are impediments to the strides towards a progressive society, she said.
Imkongla also added that the same holds for cultural and customary practices.
Pointing out that adaptability should be the essence of a culture, she asserted that people should be able to imbibe relevant and necessary changes to deal with challenges and opportunities.
She was appreciative of the younger generation self-starting and venturing out to newer avenues for livelihood and not just the conventional idea of settling with government jobs.
Meanwhile, Hibu Tamang highlighted the importance of protecting intellectual and traditional knowledge.
Tamang said “every symbolic activity displayed during the occasion is essential and is significant to acknowledge our ancestral practices and observations”.
He invited the attention of the gathering that SPUNER being the helping arm for people from North East in Delhi was the only institution in India that has a dedicated team with a 24×7 helpline.
At the programme, retd. Er. Imkongchiba Pongen also narrated the significance of Tsüngremmong.
Highlights of the celebration included elders and various groups presenting folk songs, dances and games and sports such as men spinning tops, women playing with snuff box sea bean, bamboo stilt walking, etc.
The celebration was attended by senior central and state government officials including advisor to CM, Abu Metha, AAG Supreme Court, government of Arunachal Pradesh, Ravi Lokhnade, PS to minister of Law and Justice, government of India, Komjum Riba, Wennyei Konyak, JRC, Nagaland House, deputy director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Hentok Phom, deputy director IPR, Koulie Mere and others.

Imkongla Jamir