Imphal: Manipur people need to work together with a cooperation in order to preserve the rich tradition and culture of the state, though it is a part of India.
President of Coaliation for Indigenous’ Rights Campaign Manipur (CIRCA), Somorendo Thokchom said this during observation of “National Repentance Day at the office of Apunba Ireipak-ki Maheiroi Singpang Lup (AIMS), here on Wednesday.
Somorendro said before Manipur merged to India, it was an independent nation having its own resource, tradition and culture. However, after Manipur merged in 1949 the tradition and culture started to fuse with the tradition and culture of mainland India.
He said Tripuri has lost their identity from Tripura do not mean that all the Tripuris have been extinct. The actual meaning is that almost all the tradition and culture including administration have been replaced by the Bengali culture. Similarly, Meitei in Manipur has become in vulnerable stage and people need to promote the rich tradition and culture of Manipur instead of imitating the tradition and culture of mainland India, he added.
To promote the tradition and culture of Manipur, teachers have been taking a vital role. The role and responsibility of a teacher while promoting indigenous tradition and culture need to be fulfilled at maximum in order to save the Manipuri tradition and culture, he said.
He appealed the society to cooperate each other to save the identity of Manipuri and to support every step taken by CIRCA while promoting the indigenous culture and tradition.
President of WASADEV, RK Tharaksana; president, AMWJU, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai; president HERICOUN, Longjam Ratan and president fo LKKL, Puyam Joy attended the function.