Biren Singh inaugurates Berkap-Reiju Festival in Manipur
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Biren Singh inaugurates Berkap-Reiju Festival in Manipur

By Sobhapati Samom Updated: Mar 04, 2023 10:04 pm
A cultural troupe performs at the inaugural programme of Berkap-Reiju Festival.

A two-day long Berkap-Reiju Festival, a cultural extravaganza to revive and promote the rich cultural heritage of the Kom tribes, was formally inaugurated at Ichum Keirap Kom Village, about 38 km south of Imphal in Manipur’s  Kangpokpi district on Saturday.

The state Chief Minister N Biren Singh opened the festival with the shooting of an arrow aimed at an image of a bird hanging from a pole.

MLAs Haokholet Kipgen (Saitu), Kh Ibomch(Lamlai), Th Shanti (Moirang), leaders of civil society organisations, chiefs, and church leaders were present during the inaugural function.

Speaking on the occasion Biren Singh said that the government is there to protect all indigenous communities while warning that no community should discriminate or threaten smaller communities for forceful assimilation. He said that the government is there for the upliftment and to protect the weak and small communities.

To strengthen this message, the government has constructed replicas of traditional huts of all the 34-35 indigenous tribes and communities at the Sangai Ethnic Park near Moirang, where they can showcase their identity through their traditions, culture and lifestyle, he added.

He also assured his commitment to ensure that government nominees in the Autonomous District Council are from the minority tribes adding that a budgetary allocation for only minorities has been included in the budget.

Stating that Manipur received highest foreign tourists in the Northeast region, Biren encouraged the locals especially the youth to develop their location naturally to attract more tourists.

Traditional dances and cultural performances were the main highlights of the inaugural function.

By Sobhapati Samom Updated: Mar 04, 2023 10:04:05 pm