Khemchand longs for tribal communities in Lai Haraoba

IMPHAL, 28th Oct: Taking note of presentation of tribal dances by non-tribals as part of Lai Haraoba events held across the state, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand has called for actual participation from tribal communities themselves in the largest religious festival of the Meetei community. Khemchand was speaking as chief guest at the 10th Mera Meepham, the annual conference of Umanglai Kanba Lup (UKAL), held at Maharaja Chandrakirti auditorium, Palace Compound here on Sunday. While lauding the presentation of tribal dance performances by groups of individuals as part of the Lai Haraoba events, the Speaker said that such performances are signs of relationship of brotherhood the majority community shares with the tribal communities. However, it would add more meaning as well as help in bringing closer ties with the communities if actual members of the different tribal communities are roped in for presenting such performances, he said and urged UKAL to facilitate such participation for rebuilding better relationship among the communities and bring unity in the state. Taking note of presentation of tribal dances by different individuals as part of Lai Haraoba rituals held across the state, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand has called for actual participation from tribal communities themselves in the largest religious festival of the Meetei community.
Khemchand was speaking as chief guest at the 10th Mera Meepham, the annual conference of Umanglai Kanba Lup (UKAL), held at Maharaja Chandrakirti auditorium, Palace Compound here on Sunday.
While lauding the presentation of tribal dance performances by groups of individuals as part of the Lai Haraoba events, the Speaker said that such performances are signs of relationship of brotherhood the majority community shares with the tribal communities. However, it would add more meaning as well as help in bringing closer ties with the communities if actual members of the different tribal communities are roped in for presenting such performances, he said and urged UKAL to facilitate such participation for rebuilding better relationship among the communities and bring unity in the state.
UKAL came into existence in order to regenerate essence of Lai Haraoba, an important religious festival of the state. With its just and relentless efforts, it has now become an authority of Umanglai Haraoba and any dispute arising in any such events are brought to the notice of UKAL for justice, he noted.
Appreciating the efforts of UKAL, he urged all to support UKAL in bringing out the true form of the festival and at the same time urged UKAL to be impartial in its endeavour while refraining from directing unwanted statements against other religions.
Regarding the present political system in the state, the MLA from Singjamei assembly constituency said that a mindset that being a rich person is mandatory to contest elections has emerged in the state and public are to be blamed for this.
In the past, people used to support true social workers to contest the election to become their representative. Unfortunately, the days are gone and today, money has become everything in contesting elections.
Considering the present political system, public should not blame their elected representatives if the latter do not perform well or care to look after the welfare of the public since it is their greed that led to such situation, he contended.
UKAL assistant secretary Dr Th Ruhichand said that UKAL has been putting its efforts to conserve the true form of Lai Haraoba, which incorporates the tradition, culture and philosophy of Manipuri civilisation, while protecting it from the external influences of globalization.
He also thanked the people of the state for their continuous support to UKAL towards materialisation of the goal.
Regarding the reason for conducting the annual conference in the month of Mera, he said that the month was chosen for the conference keeping in view of the belief that the tradition of Lai Haraoba began at Haraothel of Koubru where the gods, goddesses and deities hold the celebration for the first time.
Stressing the need for preserving the true form and essence of Lai Haraoba in order to keep intact the philosophy of Manipuri civilisation, he appealed to the people as well as the government to support UKAL in its endeavour.
Lailup & Organising Committee chairman retired principal professor Ng Kangjia Mangang presided over the function while former chief minister Radhabinod Koijam, UKAL president Chanam Nabachandra, Slopeland Public School principal N Babulin and Keinahal Memorial English School director cum principal H Jiten attended as guests of honour.
A book entitled ‘Umanglai’ was also released during the function.
Annual awards for priests and priestess as well as Pena artistes, associated in Lai Haraoba, were also distributed on the occasion.


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