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Mising Sabha concludes

Dhemaji, Feb. 2: The four-day Mising Sahitya Sabha (Mising Agom Kebang) concluded at Kulapathar here today.

The day began with the traditional Mising dance, gumrag, performed by Mohmora Jonai Xeleya Musical party followed by a cultural procession.

State water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu, president of Adivasi Sahitya Sabha Wilfed Topno, member of Assam Public Service Commission Basanta Kumar Doley, chief councillor of Mising Autonomous Council Ronuj Pegu were present on the occasion. Some members of the council, including Parmananda Changia, Johan Doley and Jaigeswar Kutum, also attended the programme.

Rajib Lochan Pegu said he would send a proposal to the state education department for inclusion of Mising language in the school curriculum. He said the community needed a strong force to cultivate their language.

Pegu voiced concern over the prevailing superstitious beliefs among indigenous communities-dominated areas of the state and said only education could bring about a change.The Sabha prepared a memorandum stating their demands, which included making Mising language a medium of instruction in schools, appointment of teachers in Mising language and distribution of free textbooks in Mising language. The memorandum will be submitted to Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

A 41-member committee to conduct the activities of the Sabha for the next year, was formed during the session with Kalinath Panging as its general secretary and Jawahar Jyoti Kuli as its president.