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Festival a platform to revive cultural values: Saaya

TAP | Updated: July 8, 2017

ZIRO, Jul 08: Festivals should foster brotherhood and provide a platform for all to revive cultural values, said parliamentary secretary for transport Likha Saaya as he on Saturday attended the Golden Jubilee Dree festivity which reached its fourth day here.

Our Apatani brothers have been forerunners in preserving and documenting their culture and traditions. We have lots to learn and emulate from these hardworking and meticulous people said Saaya who added that he personally regards the Apatanis as the first son of Abotani, owing to their maturity in thoughts and action.

He further appealed the people of the community to guide others so that a peaceful coexistence is established. 
While informing that the Divisional Commissioner West will be functional soon at Yachuli, he committed to provide land to Apatanis and requested the dwellers of Ziro to accommodate denizens in Ziro -II as well.

Reminding the resolution of giving away cash awards to matrimonial relationship between Nyishis and Apatanis taken during the Nyishi -Apatani summit, he disclosed that no claims have been made so far. Saaya, however, expressed hope that the two neighboring tribes will give peace and harmonious existence the first priority.

Take pride in your culture and be fluent in your dialects, he said to the youths.

The parliamentary secretary then donated 10 lakh to the Dree committee and gave away his two and half month salary to the cultural troupes and the Goan Buras.

Gracing the occasion as guest of honour, Dumporijo MLA Paknga Bage, said that Ziro is his second home as his long association with the beautiful valley since his schooling days makes Ziro and Dree very special to him.

Ziro is a blessed place, abundantly bestowed with natural beauty, intelligent and educated people. Apatanis have excelled and set benchmarks in almost all the fields. The recent success of Apatani girls in the UPSC exams is an exemplary example. I feel privileged to be a part of the golden jubilee Dree celebration of this unique and inspirational tribe, said Bage. 

He exhorted the denizens not to let the absence of the chief minister dampen their spirit of the festivity and stated that their moral support and blessings have already been conveyed.

The MLA further called upon the youths of the valley to be forerunners in preserving the culture and the traditions passed on them from their forefathers.

Bage too, donated Rs 8 lakh for the development of sanitation in the Dree ground and Rs 1.5 lakh to the cultural troupes. Central Golden Jubilee Dree celebration committee chief patron cum MLA Tage Taki conveyed the message of chief minister Pema Khandu to the public in which the latter expressed his inability to attend the festivity due to road blockages.

I wish the Apatanis a joyous and memorable Dree festival. Despite my inability to be with you, I do share the joys of festival with you. I take this opportunity to wish Apatani community and the people of Ziro a very happy and memorable Dree festival, Khandu wrote in his message

Among others, DC Kemo Lollen, SP Bomge Kamduk and ZPC Hage Kobin were present on the occasion. DIPRO

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