SEACO observes day of cultural revivalist
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 3, 2018: Revenue and consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Karam Shyam today there is urgent need to spread out the wings of our Meitei Sanamahi Laining religion in order to promote it to other places of the globe and a great responsibility lay on the shoulders of the public.
Shyam was at the 4th Observation Day of Cultural Revivalist organised by South East Asia Cultural Organisation (SEACO) at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound.
Floral tributes were paid to the photos of those deceased elders who were outcasted by the Maharajas of those days for adopting Meitei Sanamahi Laining religion.
There were also records of people who were considered outcast by Brahma Sabha during Maharaja Churachand Singh’s reign in 1937 AD.
Referring to all the dedicated activities that they had done to revive our indigenous culture, language and religion against all odds on their way, the minister said it is time now to learn a lesson from them instead of justifying their actions as right or wrong.
“We have around 36 cultural groups in the state. The main cause why we can’t accelerate our cultural development and religious foundation is the sesnse of dis-unity existing amongst the different ethnic & religious troupes of Manipur”, he also added.
The minister also threw more light into the matter by taking into account Darwin’s Natural Theory of Struggle for Existence saying that it is a normal trend that the majority communities dominate the minor ones.
We should try to act responsible by maintaining our unique dress, speech, lifestyle along with our rich culture and customs in public in such a way that our religion continues to grow and survive in the global arena, he also stated.
Resource person Sapamcha Jadumani highlighted on the need to take a united stand on considering Meitei SanamahiLaining as minority religion after passing the new bill on ILP in 2018.
Heads of all the 6 branches of SEACO were also felicitated during the function.
Leaders of civil society organisations and members of SEACO took part in the function.