Asom Sahitya Sabha event brings people from hills & plains together

Asom Sahitya Sabha event brings people from hills & plains together

BORDUMSA, Feb 2: Cultural heritage is our identity and we should strive our best to protect it and put our efforts for its enrichment. Cultural exchanges play a pivotal role in bringing brotherhood amongst various ethnic groups and communities.

These observations were made by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while flagging off the vivid and colourful Sanskritik Subhajatra (cultural procession), taken out as part of ongoing 74th biennial conference of Asom Sahitya Sabha, consisting of numerous tribes and communities from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh at Singpho Heritage Centre, Bordumsa today.

While lauding the efforts of the apex literary body of the Northeast, Asom Sahitya Sabha, for organizing the ‘historic’ event in Arunachal Pradesh, Mein said organizing such conference in border areas like Bordumsa will be one step forward in bringing the rich cultural heritage of hills and plains together for benefit of all. Such events will further help promote a strong sense of fraternity, cultural affiliation enhancing mutual trust and assistance among the border people, he added.

While paying his tribute to all the renowned personalities who contributed immensely towards the enrichment of Assamese language, literature and culture, Mein said that since inception the organization has worked for the cause of Assamese literature and culture in entire Northeast region and its branches in Arunachal also immensely contributed towards the strengthening of the time tested bonds of all section of diverse society, culture and languages.

He also recalled the contribution made by some of the finest novelists and writers from the State like Lummer Dai, Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, Tokong Pertin, Kengsam Kenglang who brought the pristine beauty and struggle of life in hills in the form of Assamese literature and enriched the treasure.

He also commended the efforts of Asom Sahitya Sabha in recognizing other ethnic literature as a core to its fold. Mein said that such efforts of bringing other ethnic language and culture would pave the way for building a stronger bond amongst various tribes and communities living in this part of the world.

Mein said that the history of Arunachal can’t be separated from history of Assam as the roots of our journey in the development process began with Assamese language. He added that still the lingua-franca to communicate each other by various tribes in Arunachal Pradesh is Assamese.

The newly-elected president of Asom Sahitya Sabha Paramananda Rajbongshi, Margherita MLA Bhaskar Sharma, MP Rameshwar Teli, Namsai DC R K Sharma, ADCs from Namsai & Bordumsa together with a host of dignitaries including poets, writers, playwrights and eminent scholars across Assam and Arunachal were present.

Later, the Dy Chief Minister gave away the certificate of appreciation and memento to the participants of the youth conclave organized at the venue.

On the day, the DyCM inaugurated the Aruna Shiksha Niketan School in presence of Namsai MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary Chau Zingnu Namchoom, DC R K Sharma and Abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery Ven Panyaloka Thero at Jona III. Later in the evening, he accompanied by the MLA, DC and the Abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery graced the Poi Buddha Maha Diksha Samorah at Jona III (Borbeel) village in Namsai district.

The two-day conference was organized by the United Bhogamur Buddhist Welfare Society, Jona III where people from different walks of life participated enthusiastically and with great devotion. The Buddha Maha Diksha was given by Arunachal University of Studies’ Prof Pragyasila Bhikkhu.

In his address, Mein said that by putting into practice of Buddha’s basic teachings in our daily lives we can make our world a little bit better and nicer place to live in. He lauded the praiseworthy efforts of the Tai Ahom community of Juna III, who despite facing many hardships, are maintaining the sanctity of the makeshift Buddhist temple in the village. To the thunderous applause of the gathering, Mein announced to provide all necessary support for constructing of a proper Buddhist temple in the area.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that temples are a place of learning and there is no age bar for keeping, learning and accepting the Buddha’s teaching. He appealed the DyCM to provide necessary fund for early repair and maintenance of PMGSY road in the area which are in dilapidated condition. He also announced to provide necessary support from his end for construction of the temple and providing electricity in the temple at the earliest.

The DyCM and team also inspected the under construction bridge over Jenthu river including construction of Namsai to Jaipur road and New Jenthu to Jona-III.

 

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