‘Maintain traditional sanctity of indigenous festivals’

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: Chairman Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Bamang Tago expressed concern over the reported commercialization of indigenous festivals and appealed the organizers to maintain the traditional sanctity of such festivals.

Attending the Longte festival at remote Parsi-Parlo in Kurung Kumey district along with MLA P Bage on Monday, Tago observed that traditional festivals should be easily accessible and participated freely by villagers irrespective of their financial or official status.

He said “commercialization” of festivals in the garb of expensive food stalls, gambling and monetary expectations from invited dignitaries these days have robbed the charm of such celebrations, which he felt does not augur well for indigenous communities.

Tago, however, lauded the people for keeping alive the spirit of Longte by traditionally celebrating it every year with genuine enthusiasm.

In his brief speech, the SAA Chairman highlighted various initiatives of the state govt under Chief Minister Pema Khandu particularly in the field of sports and youth affairs. He informed that the SAA backed by the state govt is striving hard to reach out to rural youths and take them under its umbrella for development of games and sports.

“Our youths have immense potential but are underexposed and underdeveloped. We at the Authority and the department are taking up measures to explore rural talents and turn them into national and international level sportspersons,” he said.

Tago also called upon the people to change their mindset about development by shunning individual profit and opting for common development of the society. He appealed all to see the bigger picture of development and stop complaining at various forums for individual and vested interests that create hurdles in implementation of developmental projects.

“It’s not that the central and state governments are not concerned about us but it is because of our own drawbacks that our area is yet to develop at par with other parts of the state. We need to change our mindset. If we change, our region will change and we can leave a better place for our coming generations,” Tago added.

He expressed optimism that his message on the auspicious occasion of Longte will impact the much needed change.

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