ITANAGAR, 19 Apr: The 14th Nyishi Day was celebrated at the Nyishi Elite Society (NES) secretariat in Richi Jullang near here on Monday.
It was on this day that the parliament recognized Nyishi as a tribe.
Addressing the function, NES president Bengia Tolum recalled the contributions of all, and spoke on the way forward for the community. He said that the formation of various social organizations has played a leading role in the socio-cultural and educational development in the society.
Tolum informed that the demand for renaming the tribe as Nyishi started during the second ANYA conference held in Yazali in 1978, following which a representation was submitted to the then chief minister Gegong Apang after the third ANYA conference held in Naharlagun in 1980.
“The constitutional amendment for change of nomenclature to Nyishi was finally done in 2008,” Tolum said, adding that it was “a glorious and historic moment.”
“After rigorous attempts, efforts and struggles, we are proud to say that we are united and the long-felt dream for change of nomenclature to Nyishi is fulfilled,” he said.
Bengia paid tributes to all social and political leaders of the community who have played significant roles in different capacities.
He named Tadar Tang, Dera Natung, Chera Talo, Techi Takar, Tadar Taniang, Nyari Welly, Bei Temi, Zara Tata, Nicham Sonam, Taru Muri, Biki Talang, Nabam Tata, Achung Tajo, Tania Sala, Ratan Tama, Ngurang Tazap, Ngurang Pinch, Nido Techi and many others.
He recalled the ‘pan-Arunachal mission’ mooted during the silver jubilee celebration in Yazali on 19 April, 2013, which has been accepted widely by the people of the state.
Meanwhile, the NES has condemned the vandalism that occurred at the Mopin ground on 1 April. The society appealed to the police and the administration to immediately arrest the culprits and ensure exemplary punishment as per the law of the land.
Tolum further appealed to the people to continue to maintain the Covid protocols to avert casualties in the state.