Imphal, Sept 29
Smaller communities need to fight unitedly the one nation, one language and one religion theory as such act will affect the smaller communities.
This was said by General Secretary of International Sanamahism Students’ Association (ISSA) Lourembam Kangleinganba during the 6th Foundation day celebration of ISSA held today at Lamyanba Sanglen, Konung Lampak.
Addressing the keynote speech Kangleinganba further stressed that such one nation one language is a frightful act for the smaller communities like Meetei and others.
Reminding the formation of their students’ Association he said that it was formed by the likeminded students with the will to safeguard the indigenous aged old religion of the Meetei, Sanamahi religion.
Kangleinganba continued that several acts and laws were there to protect and safeguard land, plants and animals but unfortunately there are no laws to protect the people believing in Sanamahi and added that in order to identify a community there is a relationship of religion and its culture.
He also said there is a need to conserve and protect the indigenous religion like Sanamahi religion.
Guest of Honour of the function who is the former president of REFORM Dr. N Birchandra said that the revivalist wave of Sanamahi religion is increasing and added that 30 percent of the total population of the Meeteis believed in the indigenous religion.
He also said that in the court of Manipur the court doesn’t use any holy book of the Meetei to swear even though Meetei has its own custom and its holy book.
Registrar in charge of Manipur University Prof W Chandbabu in his Chief Guest speech urged the need to groom knowledge about the various cultures and traditions of the small communities and also the system, ethics and moral values of the communities.
He added that several researches, discussions about the contemporary relevance of the indigenous religion is a must.
President of ISSA Khaidem Kangleingakpa said that the main objective of the Association is to occupy a space in international platform for the unique indigenous religion of the Meetei. He added that there is no enemity with any other religion and the Association moves forward in a progressive way.
Later Prizes were also distributed for the written quiz competition which was organised by ISSA on 22nd September 2019 under the theme ‘know your Kangleipak’.
Chingkheinganba has been a journalist for more than 4+ years and is popular among the team for his reporting style. In his spare time, he teaches kids from his locality. He and his parents reside in Singjamei Chingamakha Kshetri Leikai . He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Manipur University. Chingkheinganba is available via email at [email protected]
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