Imphal, Oct. 5: A four-day convention of the Zomi ethnic community in Manipur’s Churachandpur district will bring scattered Zomis together and also provide a platform for all communities living in Manipur to share their sentiments and feelings.
The third World Zomi Convention will begin on October 24. It will be held at three different venues in the headquarters of the district, 62km south of Imphal.
The first such World Zomi Convention was held at Champhai in Mizoram in 1988 and the second was held at Aizawl. This is for the first time that the World Zomi Convention is being held in Manipur and Zomi delegates settled in 35 countries will take part in the convention.
The Union minister of state for transport Oscar Fernandes and Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh are among the dignitaries invited to the convention being held on the theme “marching on”. Zomi is an ethnic community and its population is estimated to be around six million. The convention will be organised by Zomi Council, the community’s apex body.
“Ours is a non-political convention. No political decision will be taken by the convention. The aim is to have a physical interaction of the Zomis settled in 35 countries. We will also provide the platform for other communities in Manipur for sharing our feelings,” said K. Vungzamawi, a co-ordinator of the organising committee, at the Zomi Council office in Churachandpur town today.
The highlights of the convention would be a presentation of cultural programmes by troupes from different communities. The convention will showcase rich and colourful cultural heritage of different communities of Manipur.
He said the convention would strengthen the bond of culture and emphasise the need to live together. Another important programme of the convention is a seminar on the theme Issues, Challenges and Opportunities of the Zomi.
A discussion on Role of Community in Maintaining Peace and Security by government officials and experts would analyse the present situation in the state. “The convention is a platform to be shared by all. We will discuss the role of people in making Manipur a peaceful state,” R. Sanga, the convener of the convention said. Prayers in different churches at the Churachandpur district headquarters will be an important part of the convention.