Bihu endeavours to unite cultures: DCM

NIRJULI, Apr 30: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who attended the Rongali Bihu celebration at the NERIST here on 29 April, said the celebration “is an endeavour to bridge the diverse cultures of the Northeastern region.”
Describing the neighbouring state of Assam as the torchbearer for the Northeast states, Mein said, “Our state has a lot to learn from Assam in terms of progress and development.”
He called for coordinated efforts of all eight Northeastern states for bringing peace, progress and development in the region, and advocated conducting more research and documentation activities to preserve the region’s traditional cultural heritage.
While globalization cannot be stopped, efforts can be made to preserve and promote the region’s rich cultural heritage, literature, and traditions, he said.
Mein also urged the youths to fight against drug abuse.
“We need to help the young generation to fully understand the dangers of drug abuse and fight the vice,” he said.
He congratulated the four candidates from the state who cracked the UPSC exam, and extended best wishes to them for successful careers ahead.
UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, who also participated in the festivity, assured that, as the local MLA, he would be there for every community.
NERIST Director (in-charge) Prof Arora also spoke.
Earlier, the DCM unveiled the Bihu souvenir,’Jetuka’, and released a novel, ‘Najitora’, authored by PB Deka.
A Bihu dance presentation was one of the highlights of the occasion.