Monday, November 28, 2022

NTRI, NU Lumani celebrate ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas 2’

Nagaland Tribal Research Institute (NTRI) department of Tribal Affairs organised a cultural programme in celebration of “Janjatiya Gaurav Divas 2022” on November 16 at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima. According to a DIPR report, speaking as special guest, minister, tribal affairs & higher education, Temjen Imna Along congratulated all the tribal cultural troupes for actively taking part in the commemoration of Janjatiya Gaurav Divas 2022.
Along said the first-ever programme of Janjatiya Nagaland also joins with the 12-crore tribal population across the country. He stated that indigenous followers are called Janjatiya which means tribal. The minister also encouraged the Naga Tribes, in general, to construct unity among the different tribes and give their concern towards unity.
He said the programme was to create good relationships and oneness and encouraged the 17 Naga Tribes to stand for the same. Earlier, secretary tribal affairs Kenilo Apon delivered the opening remark and additional director & HoD, I. Sino Phom gave the closing remark. On the occasion, the cultural troupe of Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Kuki, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimkhiung, and Zeliang participated.
NU Lumami: Nagaland University (NU) Headquarters Lumami celebrated the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda on November 15 as “Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas” by organising a debate competition on “Contribution of Janajati Heroes in Freedom Struggle”. A press release by NU Lumani stated that chief guest of the programme, dean, School of Social Sciences, NU, professor M.K. Sinha, in his speech, dwelt on the Birsa Munda.
He pointed out that it was on the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda that the government of India decided to observe the “Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas” to honour the memory of the tribal peoples’ contribution to the Indian Freedom Struggle. Unfortunately, professor Sinha said history did not focus on their contribution in the freedom struggle and asserted that the tribal heroes’ contribution to the Indian freedom movement was huge.
He mentioned about the north eastern tribal hero from Manipur Rani Gaidinliu, who was put behind bars because she raised her voice against the Britishers. Eleven students took part in the debate competition who, among others, made the points that tribals led a simple life, with their economy dependent on land and forest resources. The debaters said many tribal heroes sacrificed their lives for the freedom struggle but most of them did not make it to the history books. Some tribal heroes discussed were Birsa Munda, Rani Gaidinliu, Tilka Manjhi, Sidhu Murmu, Kanhu Murmu etc.
Providing feedback on the debate, HoD, department of chemistry, professor Upasana Bora stated that it was the because of the fault in the education system that people are forgetting the tribal heroes. The programme was chaired by HoD, department of sociology, Professor Athungo Ovung and vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Dipika Paul of department of sociology.

Temjen Imna Along with tribal cultural troupes in Kohima.
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