Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu has suggested that to preserve the unique cultural identity of Arunachal Pradesh, indigenous people who convert to other religions should not altogether cut themselves off from their roots.
Speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) in Itanagar at its Model Village headquarters on Saturday, Khandu appreciated the Nyishi Christians for remaining attached to their culture.
Reiterating that Arunachal Pradesh is known for its indigenous people who have a distinct cultural identity, he said this unique identity should not be lost at any cost.
“India is a secular country. As a born Buddhist I have the freedom to accept and follow any other religion of my choice. Nobody can stop me. But then I will always remain a Monpa,” Khandu pointed.
A delightful moment to be amongst a huge congregation of believers at Naharlagun today at Naharlagun for golden jubilee celebration of Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC). Laid foundation for rehabilitation centre for differently abled and convention center to be built by NBCC. pic.twitter.com/iQdVuCLeQE— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) December 18, 2021
He asserted on preserving traditional costumes, festivals, traditions and indigenous dialects no matter what faith one follows.
“I admire you all. You have not left your culture as I can see you all donning with pride your traditional attires,” Khandu observed.
Appreciating the goals set by NBCC as mentioned by Organizing Chairman James Techi Tara that the Council will campaign against alcoholism and drug abuse, he termed it a noble venture and at the right time.
“Our government is committed in its fight against drug abuse but the government alone cannot win the battle. I welcome the commitment made by NBCC. Together we will get over evils of alcoholism and drug abuse,” he said.