National symposium on ‘Revisiting Colonial Legacy in Northeast India’ underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 2, 2019: A 2-day National Symposium on ‘Revisiting Colonial Legacy in Northeast India’ began today at G. P. Women’s College, DM University, Imphal, today to discuss the impact of colonial legacy on six sub-themes.

Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam said understanding and appreciating the cultural indegeneity is a must for self realisation. He expressed that the socio, political, economic and culture practices of the land needs to be re-research for better understanding of societal developments and better future.

The symposium will help in analyzing the historical events and know the cultural ethos of the people of the country where the British Colonialism ruled once. Though it is already in the past, their culture evades the local culture in every sphere of life still today, he added.

He said imitation is the worse habit that deteriorates self determination. He urged the gathering of the professors and scholars present in the seminar to reach out to the young minds and help them understand the present scenario of the society to enable them realize the beauty of the culture and tradition.

Appreciation of each other’s beliefs, faith and culture of different community inhabiting in the State as well as the country can help in bringing peace and harmony, he added.

Member of Rajya Sabha and member of ICSSR, New Delhi, prof. Rakesh Sinha  said the freedom struggle of the people was not just the struggle to free the land from the foreigners but to protect the culture and safeguard the richness of tradition of the land.

Rani Gaidinliu and Tileswari Barua are among the prominent freedom fighters who struggled for freedom of the country. The wealth drain can be compensated but the psychological impact can never be compensated, he added.

Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India, Justice K. G. Balkrishnan, vice-chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Prof.  Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, scholars, resources persons with more than 200 delegates from different parts of the country participated the symposium.

The symposium was jointly organized by the Intellectual Forum of North East; Dhanamanjuri University, Imphal; Development of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur and Centre for Manipuri Studies Manipuri University, Canchipur.

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