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Traditional Nishi dress materials. Telegraph pictures


Attempt to preserve a way of life

The Nishis, the largest tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, are known for their unique culture and traditions.

But with a section of the younger generation aping ways of life that are alien to the community, their age-old cultural heritage seems to be in danger of being lost forever.

Keeping this in mind, the Union ministry of culture has completed the first-ever survey and documentation of the community’s indigenous art, culture and customs in order to preserve them in their original form for future generations.

The project titled: Survey, Documentation and Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Nishi Community of Arunachal Pradesh, was carried out by the ministry through the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture.

“Our aim was to record the traditional treasure-trove of the community as it is today for the generations to come as these indigenous art and culture may get distorted tomorrow under the influence of so-called modernity,” director of the institute’s research council Pradip Sarma told The Telegraph.


Touching lives

As Accredited Social Health Activists (popularly known as ASHA), their core duties are to advise would-be mothers and encourage institutional delivery.

Considering their strong connection and relationship with the people at the grassroots, the Assam government has decided to engage them in creating awareness about cancer. The B. Borooah Cancer Institute has already started training ASHA workers on how to sensitise the people about the basic causes of cancer and their prevention.

Amal Chandra Kataki, the director, said cancer had assumed alarming proportions in Assam and it could claim many lives if effective preventive measures were not taken. He said many people in rural areas know little about cancer and come to the hospital only when it is in the last stages.

“There is no cure for a cancer patient at that stage. We have full confidence and hope that ASHA workers would bring wonderful and effective changes by sensitising people in the rural areas about cancer. These workers can save precious lives,” Kataki said.

Nagaland archer Chekrovolu Swuro (centre) with other national archers

Footnote

The Nagaland government has finally woken up to professionalism in sports. This observation came from the state planning and coordination, evaluation, veterinary and animal husbandry and parliamentary affairs minister, T.R. Zeliang, while inaugurating the 33rd Inter-District and State Open Badminton Championship at the Indoor Stadium in Kohima on Tuesday.

Zeliang felt it was time for the Nagas to assess their achievements and contributions towards sports. The Nagaland government, he added, was all set to meet the requirements of the sportspersons for which it has adopted the state sports policy and constituted the Nagaland Sports Council.

Although, Nagaland has seen many footballers emerge from its soil during the last decade and produced archers like Chekrovolu Swuro, the players still lack the necessary facilities at home that will help them develop as professionals in the truest sense.

The Nagaland government has projected this year as the Year of Capacity Building to give opportunities to the people, including sportspersons and in this light the minister called upon the players to take up sports professionally.


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