Foundation stone laying ceremony of the 2nd block of the museum and inauguration of library
Publish Date : 09/08/2021
Roing, Aug 7: ‘It is important to protect and promote our indigenous practices and dialects’ through ‘research and development’, to preserve our identity and culture, stated DCM Chowna Mein during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 2nd block of the museum and inauguration of library at the Research Institute for World’s Ancient Traditions Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH) at Khinjili, Lower Dibang Valley. The place has the potential to become a knowledge and heritage tourism centre in the area with the entire eastern part of the state developed as a culture and heritage tourism destination, he added.
The DCM also spoke on the stress given by the government on culture and indigenous affairs and appraised about the state government’s emphasis on preservation of dialects of the tribes through introduction in teaching local dialects, publication of local dialect primers and appointment of local dialect teachers in government schools of the state.
Taba Tedir, Minister(Education, Culture & Indigineous Affairs) appreciated the government for creating the department of Culture & Indigineous Affairs in the state and providing recognition to the priests by providing them with basic honorarium. This is the right step in protection and preservation of tribal dialects, traditional practices and way of life, he added.
Prashant Lokhande(IAS) Commissioner (Planning and Investment), speaking on the occasion, said that we cannot go forward by forgetting our traditional practices and culture and need to promote indigenous affairs in the state.
Dr. Joram Begi, Director, RIWATCH explained about the vision behind setting up of RIWATCH and said that in this area of ethnic diversity, it was the aim of the institution to unearth the ‘hidden treasures’ in the traditional practices of the local communities.
Sathyanarayan Mundayoor (Padmashree awardee) spoke on the library movement in the area and said that a library should be a place of activity which would lead to books being written and published in mother tongue/ local dialects of all the tribes of the state.