Arunachal CM proposes cultural centre for all tribes

Itanagar: Aruanchal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has proposed, in line with cultural centers in various districts, to establish an all-tribe cultural center in Doimukh here.

The chief minister even appealed to the local residents to give the government a plot of at least hundred hectares. The centre would be set up at Doimukh as it falls within the vicinity of the state capital.

‘This would be a center that would showcase the culture and traditions of all the tribes of Arunachal. We can have at least one traditional house of all the major tribes in the center and therefore become a must-visit site for domestic and foreign tourists as well as researchers,’ he said while attending the Nyokum, major festival of Nyishis held at Doimukh, about 25 km from here on Sunday.

He urged the people to avoid calling politicians and leaders as chief guests, instead he suggested to invite intellectuals, experienced people and those who have achieved something great in life and are inspiration to others, according to official sources here on Monday.

Tuki expressed concern that festivities are becoming more money-centric these days and organisers invite affluent politicians and rich people as chief guests and guest of honours.

He said the practice was setting up a bad trend for the youngsters, who will go a step ahead in the wrong direction when they take over from their elders.

Admitting the fact that resource for organising an event was essential, he, however, advised a practical and moral method of resource mobilisation.

Giving an example, he said resources can be mobilised for Nyokum celebrations centrally under the Central Nyokum Committee (CNC).

‘I am only suggesting a way. It is up to the people to decide. What I am saying is that we the Nyishis can lead the path for others,’ Tuki said, adding his four-month old government is committed to preserve and propagate the rich traditional culture of each community of the state.

He informed that the government has plans to turn major festivals of the state into tourism festivals to give a fillip to local celebrations and also generate employment as well as revenue. (UNI)