Minister of Education, Labour & Employment, Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam stated that the Northeast States share a 5,182- kilometer long international border with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Autonomous Region, covering eight percent of the country’s total area. These Himalayan states with its rich flora and fauna contribute to the nation’s rich biodiversity besides the multicultural and ethnic composition.
“One can imagine the diversity of our great nation when my state, Manipur is home to over thirty ethnic groups having their own dialects, traditions and distinct culture. While growing up in a small and remote village, we learn the textbooks containing Indian history, geography, and the people. It is also of great importance that the people of the rest of the country be made aware of the vibrant region of Northeast India. The rich cultural heritage and literature of the people of the region have deep roots in their own civilizations. It is very significant that such an event is being organized to build a stronger nation,” said Dr. Radheshyam, addressing the inaugural session of the KhajurahoLiterature Festival, Celebrating Indian Culture, which concluded recently at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh organized by Lokniti.
Dr. Th. Radheshyam also said, “The Indian civilization is the source of intellectual and spiritual way of life for which people from different parts of the world look forward to visiting our country. The irony is that we are ignorant of our roots and rich treasure, which were left by our ancestors. Be it the art and culture, the epic works of Mahabharata and Ramayana besides the Vedic literature and the creative sculptures and the monuments depicting great philosophies and beliefs, every subject was defined with reason and scientific explanations. The knowledge was inherited by generations after generations through our unique system of Guru-ShishyaParampara and the institutional education system of Gurukul. This became the foundation of our heritage and the premise on which the great civilization was built.”
The Minister recalled how his grandmother became the family’s institutional source of knowledge who narrated the ancient scripts, legendary stories, folktales as a part of integral social norms. The spiritual, intellectual and practical knowledge given by elders of a closely-knit social structure strengthened the basis of gradual progress in every sphere of life.
“The modern education needs to incorporate the process of learning through the Guru-ShishyaParampara, most importantly the Gurukuls. As a part of the curricula activities, I am making an attempt to develop inter-personal relationships with the teachers and pupils. Our department has recently introduced ‘No School Bag Day’ on Saturdays’ during which a module aiming at the overall development of a child would be initiated. Storytelling, learning folk songs, indigenous art forms, among others would also be part of extra-curricular activities. It is necessary for every child to learn and understand his or her roots. This is also one of the most important exercises of the nation and the character-building process.”
The three – day literary festival – ‘Commemorating the grandeur and splendor of India’ with the theme ‘forging unity by assimilating diversity’ with sub-themes – Relevance of ideology in modern-day era of ‘jugaad’ politics; Changing/Shifting paradigms of developmental politicians In New India; Cooperative and Collaborative Federalism; Mantra for effective governance in 21st Century; Resurgence Of Hindutva in contemporary Indian political discourse; Assimilating diverse regional identity for robust nationalism: Opportunities and challenges and state, Identity and Citizenship; Recalibrating the foundations for a strong and prosperous nation held at the backdrop the historic site of Khajuraho Temples.