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Keeping our traditions alive – how viable is it?

Start Date: 19-10-2021
End Date: 30-11-2021

When we as a society develop and evolve, keeping culture and tradition alive become one of the biggest challenges, and it has been witnessed among the tribal communities in ...

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When we as a society develop and evolve, keeping culture and tradition alive become one of the biggest challenges, and it has been witnessed among the tribal communities in Arunachal Pradesh as well.

For instance, the practice of making ‘Mon Shugu”, a fine textured handmade paper used to be a source of livelihood for the locals of Tawang. Embedded with historical and religious importance, the 1000-year-old art of making Mon Shugu is an integral part of the culture in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. But it got extinct 100 years ago. Although an attempt was made in 1994 to revive the almost faded practice, geographical hindrances disrupted its efficacy.

It was only last year on 25th of December 2020, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) commissioned a Monpa handmade paper making unit in Tawang and was inaugurated by KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena. As per the instructions of KVIC Chairman, a team of officials and scientists of Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI) was deputed in order to set up the unit and provide training to the locals. As a result of that, within six months, the unit got commissioned.

The industry does not only make handmade papers but is a major step towards preserving a cultural practice that was on the verge of extinction. In addition to that, the Monpa handmade paper also serves as a training center for the local youths of the state. The paper is attributed to have a high commercial value and is anticipated to boost local employment in Arunachal Pradesh.

Through this topic, we invite citizens to share their views and opinion on how to conserve other cultural practices in the state and how viable is it to generate more employment through such practices.

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Hingsibeirangchung 7 months 3 days ago

Keeping ones tradition alive is important. Tradition is one medium where the upcoming generation learn about their roots. Education with no knowledge of his/her tradition is lie a bird finding no branch to perch.

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RAJESH MAHATO 7 months 1 week ago

Keeping traditions alive is important for teaching the next generation about a particular or shared past. Traditions help to tether learning individuals to their family and place of origin. All about sharing the beliefs & ideologies from one generation to another. Family rituals nurture connection and give us comfort