“Time to abandon hatred, reconsolidation must”
IMPHAL, 1st Nov: Stating that celebration of the state level Kut Festival-2018 for the first time outside Imphal is a sign of gradual improvement in the overall law and order situation in the state, chief minister N Biren has stressed that time has come for all the ethnic communities to discard inimical disposition.
Speaking as chief guest of the Kut celebration held at the state level at Brig Thomas ground, Kangpokpi town on Thursday, Biren cautioned that peace and development will elude Manipur in case the state natives harbour ill-will against one another.
Exhorting the people to stand together for a united Manipur and a united India and urging every section of the society to put in collective effort so as to uplift condition of the weaker and backward groups of the society, he stressed that the cherished dream for a progressive society will be achieved only when the masses have firm belief in reconciliation.
Stating that celebration of this year’s Kut festival in Kangpokpi district and participation by large number of people from different communities is testimony about normalcy returning in the state, the CM called upon the people to build on such camaraderie so that developmental initiatives of the government could be accelerated.
Equating Manipur to a beautiful garden where colourful flowers blossom together, he also lauded the State Level Kut Celebration Committee for showcasing the beauty of diversity by bringing cultural troupes of various communities together for the festival. It demonstrates that people who are celebrating Kut are noble people, Biren opined.
Though Manipur is a small state it has been home to 33 recognised tribes and three others yet to get formal recognition since time immemorial, the Chief Minister said.
Reiterating his appeal to the people to forget the past and give up the idea of taking revenge against one another, Biren said that suppressing smaller and weaker groups by bigger and stronger communities is now passé along with advocating that every community should be allowed to live with dignity and protect their identity.
The CM further said that the new government believes in honouring human value and working in the service of humanity. People must be aware of varied activities which the new government has been taking up in this regard bringing forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of realising uniform development for all.
He also opined that like this year, the state level Kut celebration should be organised in other district headquarters as well so that interaction with the people residing at interior and far-flung areas may increase. Speaking as the functional president, Social Welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen pointed out that Kut has now become an extended common festival embraced by all people irrespective of caste, creed and colour. People of different communities have been taking part in celebrating the festival every year, she added. Mentioning different projects and schemes taken up by the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Biren Singh, Nemcha said that all corners of the state are witnessing progress and development which are beneficial to the masses.
Chief minister Biren Singh declared the Kut Festival 2018 opened and released the Kut souvenir. He also pounded the traditional gong that marked the opening of the festival. Cultural presentations from different tribes like Aimol, Maring, Paite, Nepali, Hmar, Maram, special numbers by different artistes, exhibition of traditional high jump over live Mithun and Miss Kut contest were the special attractions of the celebration. CAF and PD minister Karam Shyam, Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K Robindro, Hill Areas Committee chairman TT Haokip, Planning and Development Authority chairman T Robindro, Manipur Tribal Development Corporation chairman Vungzagin Valte, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board chairman Heikham Dingo, MP (Lok Sabha) Thangso Baite, MLAs DD Thaisii, TN Haokip, Th Satyabrata, N Indrajit, Khashim Vashum and Chaltonlien Amo, DGP LM Khaute, Sadar Hills ADC chairman and members, Kangpokpi DC Rangitabali Waikhom and Kangpokpi SP Hemant Pandey also attended the celebration. Former MLA V Vungzalian was the Kut-Pa of this year’s celebration.
Thingkangphai village also celebrated Chavang Kut 2018 at the village playground on Thursday. Core Committee of Thingkangphai village organised the celebration under the theme “Unity through Kut Celebration”.
DC CCpur Shyamlal Poonia, Dawn School director Manzavung and Sr SP Ccpur K Kabib attended the celebration as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Poonia appealed to all to unite and consider the society as a whole while striving for development. Cultural troupes of various tribal communities and Meetei showcased their traditional dances making the celebration a cultural extravaganza.
The night programme was attended by Colonel Narender, Kamkholal Vaiphei and SDO CCPur Thangboi Gangte as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.