Pre-Independence Day observed in Diphu
Diphu, August 11 (EMN): Cultural cum pre-Independence day celebration was organised by Kakoti Ronghang village, Centre of Bridge of Hope, a child care Project of Believers Church of India, Rongjangphong here at Kakoti village, Diphu today.
Addressing in the programme former MLA and adviser, Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) Chandra Kanta Terang said everyone should work for the preservation of one’s culture and identity. Further, former MLA said advance community dominates the tribes in the state. In the spheres of culture, education, economic activity and politics the advance communities dominate the others. “The tribe has its own distinct culture, language and tradition. The larger communities are always dominant on the smaller tribes”.
Terang said a particular ethnic group exists in Norway, but when advance communities from other countries infiltrated their language, customs and culture were assimilated into others. The group has to struggle to keep intact their language and culture from other invading countries.
He said in today’s world the smaller communities and tribes are losing their culture and language due to the dominance of advance communities. He said Karbi people should find alternatives to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) for sustenance and if people know market economy then everyone will be self dependent and the Karbi tribe should learn to save.
Terang also said Karbis are socially divided which is leading to losing of the identity, culture and language. Religion may be different but in culture and language everyone should be together added Terong.
Earlier, Vicar General, Diphu Diocese of Believers Church Rev. Fr. Namphurei Khumba said people need to do things by themselves for development of the village and not depend on others. Fr. Khumba also explained about the activities of BoH, where underprivileged children are given education free of cost.
Regional Coordinator, Aren Shibu Rengma and Programme Coordinator of Bridge of Hope Robinson Phangcho and parents were also present in the programme. Karbi folk dances, Karbi modern dances and Hindustanani dances were presented by students of BOH. School bags were distributed to children.