Itanagar, April 16: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra has advocated for making concerted efforts to bring about progressive changes for the greater interest of the society. “The customs that are not progressive need to be revisited for the benefit of the community,” Mishra said during a meeting with MLA Mutchu Mithi, intellectuals, and priests of the Idu Mishmi community at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district on Sunday, an official release stated.
Mishra, who is himself a strong promoter of preserving tradition and cultural heritage, said that every society must be dynamic, progressive and forward-looking.
Expressing concern over the high-rate of suicides among the Mishmi community, the marriage system where many adult girls remain unmarried, and retaining of dead body in the house for days, the Governor urged every member of the society to work with social motivators, especially the igus (priest), to find remedial solutions to such social handicaps.
“They should target the youth in the schools and colleges, who are in their impressionable age, as the catalyst for the movement.”
The members attending the meeting assured the Governor that they would take up the issue with the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society, the apex body of the Idu community.