Kiren Rijiju urges Arunachal to preserve age-old traditions, says state is at 'crossroads of modernity, culture'

Itanagar: Union minister Kiren Rijiju called for preservation and promotion of age-old tribal tradition in Arunachal Pradesh. "We are at a crossroad between modernity and our culture. We should assimilate what is good of the modern world today, but still be rooted to our culture. Our culture is our identity and we should strive to preserve it in all possible manner," he said.

Rijiju was joining the people of Ziro Valley in Lower Subanisiri district of the state in celebrating Dree, the harvest festival of the Apatani community.

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

"Lets us be modern in our thoughts, but still be rooted to our traditions," he added and called upon the youngsters studying outside the state and abroad to be in touch with the cultural side always.

Lauding the Apatanis for impeccably preserving the age-old cultural landscape and traditions, he said “The land of Apatanis, abundantly blessed with natural beauty and coupled with the inhabitants seriousness in preserving culture has put Ziro in the world cultural tourism map.

"I in my capacity assure to propel Ziro ahead in the cultural tourism sector. A multipurpose cultural activity centre will be coming up shortly in Ziro," he announced.

As a gift to the Ziro Valley on the eve of the golden jubilee celebrations, Rijiju committed to facilitate the Rs 86 crore Pange River project which will cater to the increasing demand of water supply in the twin township of Ziro-Hapoli, besides reconstruction of Gyati Takka general hospital, a Rs 12 crore rain water harvesting project.

He also donated Rs five lakh to the festival committee as a token of appreciation.

Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 21:54 PM

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