The 2nd Youth Conference of Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak Chabuan Phuam Manipur (TRCCPM), which began on Saturday, enthused the cultural and spiritual values to the minds of TRC youths. The youth conference was organised with an effort to preserve, protect, promote and propagate the indigenous religion of Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak (TRC).
The two-day conference organised under the theme, “Nurturing the root for a stable today and a brighter tomorrow” was inaugurated at the Sangaiprou Kabui (Rongmei) Village, Imphal West with the hoisting of the TRCCPM flag by PHED minister L Susindro followed by invocation of “Ho-Hoing”, oblation of holy wine to Tingkao Ragwang and extraction of sacred fire.
Speaking on the occasion, general secretary of TRCCPM, Gaichamdin Phaomei, pointed out that the indigenous religion of TRC is under serious threat by the onslaughts of outside forces in the name of secularism.
He explained that the outside forces have proselytised many followers of TRC to their religion on a large scale thus reducing the number of populations of indigenous religion of TRC.
In fact, TRC is a traditional religion started since the beginning of time with high philosophy based on spirituality like many other religions of the world, he said, adding, “Time has come to unite among ourselves forgetting the differences, if existed, and let us not change our TRC religion and pay attention to its doctrines for further strengthening”.
The general secretary lastly called on the TRC youths to remember the sayings of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, “Loss of religion is loss of culture; loss of culture is loss of identity."
The conference, which includes various cultural programmes and traditional sports events also, witnessed around 100 youths from Nagaland and Assam.