SHILLONG, Feb 1: Meghalaya Governor V Shanmugathan today said that the tribals in the Northeast are attached to their lands and the environment even as he said that conflicts should come to an end.
Recalling the experiences he encountered through his various visits to the far flung villages of Meghalaya and other Northeastern States, Shanmugathan stated about the attachment that the villagers of the Northeast have towards their land and the environment on which they depend majorly for food and shelter.
“The world should become one family. Conflicts and contradictions must be elimited. Love your neighbours. Love others”, Shanmugathan said.
Shanmugathan was speaking at the iuguration of the four day conference on Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations- North East India and South East Asia held at the State Convention Centre in the city today.
The Governor in his address cited the interpersol relationships that exist in the society and reminded the fact of culture and tradition has evolved through generations with knowledge of the same being handed over from one generation to the next via oral traditions.
He also said that women are held in high esteem in this part of the country with the absence of female foeticide, and the girl child’s rights over property bearing testimony to that fact. Earlier in the programme, the Governor released a book med Shadow & Light- a Kaleidoscope of Manipur. It may be mentioned that this conference on ‘Oral Traditions’ is organized by the Indian tiol Trust for Art and Heritage (INTACH) in collaboration with the Centre for Community knowledge, Ambedkar University, Delhi and supported by DONER Ministry, Govt of India, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Shillong and Lady Keane College, Shillong.