Manipur joined the rest of the globe in observing International Day for Older persons with Share and Care (SAC), Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal organising an event at Senior Citizen's Home in Kongba Nongthombam Leikai, Imphal on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, SAC founder Dr RK Lenin lamented the slow deterioration of traditional values and customs due to the impact of rampant globalisation.
“We have discarded the regards and respect for elders in the name of so-called development; the millennials have completely forgotten to love and nurture their elders,” he said.
He highlighted that love was the key ingredient which was essential to conjure an everlasting bond.
“Love runs thicker than blood in forming any relations between two individuals; a bond can strengthen only when there is love and sympathy,” he said.
However, he maintained that people had scrapped this notion because of the tension and pressure of modern fast paced development.
In the modern materialistic world, selfishness and tensions of everyday struggle has clouded people's judgment of what is truly important, he added.
He highlighted that the day had been observed to remind the people to love, care and respect their elders. He advised people to do away with greed and lust to lead a happy and prosperous life.
SAC members distributed medicines and blankets to the residents of Senior Citizen's Home during the observance.
President of Share and Care Bk Bijanbala, Brahmakumari Centre in charge Bk Fajaton, DDK Imphal assistant director A Ibomcha Sharma, SAC vice president L Dejendra among others were also present during the observation.
Our Kakching correspondent has added that Senior Citizens Forum Kakching also observed the day at Kakching Panjao Pallum Old Age Home on Sunday.
Former minister and Senior Citizens Forum Kakching president Nongmaithem Nimai, Kha Manipur College Kakching retired principal Naorem Ibotombi and Padma Shree Awardee Moirangthem Muktamani attended the event as presidium members.
Senior Citizens Forum Kakching secretary Kshetrimayum Kulahari spoke during the event and gifts were presented to the inmates of the old age home.
"Khutmaba Kakchinggi Ahalshing" a book written by State Awardee (Carpentry) Kshetrimayum Iboyaima of Kakching Ningthou Leikai was released during the event.