ITANAGAR, Nov 30 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig Dr BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday greeted the people of the State, especially the indigenous faith followers, on the occasion of Indigenous Faith Day being celebrated across the State on December 1.
In his message, the Governor said that the native people of Arunachal Pradesh follow their respective indigenous belief, faith, cultures, customs and traditions. Nature has blessed these people with grace and sobriety. Despite the geographical isolation, the indigenous faith followers, who are ethnically so very similar, have kept themselves well-knit and integrated.
�I am delighted to find that the Indigenous Faith Day is being observed as a reverence to the dignity of the individuals all over the State of Arunachal Pradesh. I am confident that this celebration will strengthen the spirit of humanism, tolerance, communal harmony and reinforce the concept of unity in diversity of the nation,� the Governor said.
In his message here on Thursday evening, Khandu emphasised on the significance of the indigenous faith movement, particularly under the aegis of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) that has successfully preserved and maintained the traditional customs and faiths of the indigenous tribes of the State in the age of rapid globalisation.
Reiterating the popular idiom �Loss of culture is loss of identity�, he asserted the necessity to preserve the distinct indigenous identities of the various tribes of the State.
�Ours is a distinct State with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages and maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions. Despite our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity,� the Chief Minister added.