Minister Nemcha Kipgen on Thursday called on the Thangal community to be an ambassador of peace among the diverse communities in the Mini-India Manipur.
The Thangal Union (Thangal Khanglong), the apex tribal body of the Thangal Naga community celebrated its momentous Platinum Jubilee on Thursday under the theme, "Reminiscing Our Past and Envisioning Our Future Together" at Yaikongpao village in Kangpokpi District.
The auspicious event was graced by Minister Nemcha Kipgen as chief guest while Saitu MLA Haokholet Kipgen, Tadubi MLA N Kayisii, and Saikul MLA Kimneo Haokip Hangshing attended the occasion as guests of honour and president, Thangal Union, YK Kaping attended as the functional chairman respectively.
Minister Nemcha Kipgen unveiled the Jubilee monolith and released the Jubilee balloon after it was dedicated and blessed by Reverend Cheijinba Rakhangmi, Executive Secretary, TNBA before YK.
Kaping, president, Thangal Union unfurled the Thangal Union flag in the presence of the dignitaries.
Minister Nemcha Kipgen also released the Souvenir.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Nemcha Kipgen appreciated the tireless efforts and sacrifices of the Thangal Union leaders, founders, and other pioneers in making the Thangal Union a strong and responsible organization in the state.
Terming the Jubilee theme, "Reminiscing our past and envisioning our future together" as an extreme necessity, the Minister said that when we can recollect our past unity, love, and care for one another and stand together for our future shouldering one another problems and hardships, our state Manipur will automatically become a peaceful and a developed state.
She also urged the people of Thangal in particular and the state as a whole to shed the clothes of disunity and embrace the spirit of oneness to make Manipur an advanced state.
In his presidential address, YK Kaping offered the deepest respect and homage to the dedicated Thangal Union leaders, the deceased, and those who are still alive.
He also said that the Thangal Union or the Thangal Khanglong has been playing a leading role in the overall development of the community since its inception in 1947 while adding that despite many limitations on various issues, the Thangal Union never failed to play its part where the Thangal core is concerned.
He further said that the completion of 75 years is indeed a milestone in the history of any organisation and it is the right moment to reflect on the achievements of the past and to plan for the future.
The Thangal Union also felicitated outstanding achievers from the Thangal community in various fields and contributors for the success of the celebration while befittingly honoring the past and present leaders.
Thangal indigenous games, cultural dance, folk tunes, and contemporary Thangal songs marked the auspicious celebration.