IPR Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan on Tuesday stressed the need of inculcating certain tradition and practice among the younger generations to safeguard the indigenous identity. He pointed out that passing down culture and tradition from generation to generation is the only way to protect and preserve it,
He was speaking to the media during the inauguration of Ima Chingthang Lairembi shrine at Bamdiar in Imphal West.
Ranjan also pointed out that demographic imbalance is one of the biggest threats in the indigenous culture and tradition as many particularly the youths are witnessed being carried away or influenced by outside cultures.
Considering all these threats, the minister stressed the need to abstain from diluting two different cultures and maintain respect among different cultures and religions by one another.
Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam who attended the programme as chief guest said may the blessing of the almighty (Ima Chingthang Lairembi) shower upon the people of the state and peace prevail among all.
Labours and contractors engaged in the construction of the shrine along with those volunteers who maintain a clean and hygienic surrounding in the areas along the shrine were also honoured during the programme.
The programme also witnessed founder of UNACCO School Ningombam Irabanta Singh, retired lieutenant general L Nishikanta Singh and retired teacher N Gandha Singh as presidium members.