Physical and psychological distance hinder research: Tuki


ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Because of physical and psychological distance, the indigenous folklores, customs and traditions have remained elusive to study and research, said the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while addressing a seminar on ‘Voices from Arunachal:

India-China Border Problem and related Arunachal Folklore’ at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills today.

I would attribute the communication bottleneck for the harsh geographical terrains as the major hurdles for which these important aspects of ours remained unstudied and undocumented, he added.   He said that some vital work has been documented by researchers such as Heimendorf.

The CM said that the state has taken a major leap in terms of communication. With roads and tele-communication reaching far flung interior villages, it has now become very easy for the researchers, scholars and enthusiasts to study and document the rich unexplored treasured folklores of distinct communities and tribes of Arunachal Pradesh which is in abundance, he added.

In a bid to improve the research work and to preserve the ancient records, the state has started digitization of old records, the CM said adding “We are paying special attention towards maintaining Archives which I believe would benefit the researchers and scholars to a great extent.”

The development policy of Government of India towards Arunachal Pradesh was with a sense of caution till recently. However, announcement of PM’s economic package of about Rs. 33000 Cr in the year 2008 by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, changed the face of developmental trajectory of Arunachal Pradesh. Communications like roads, railways, air and tele-communication have been given priority and infrastructure development is holistically taken up, the Chief Minister added.

Terming the people of the state fiercely patriotic, the Chief Minister said Arunachal Pradesh stands tall along the eastern borders as the sentinel of our great nation.

The two-day seminar is being organized by Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies (CENERS-K), Kolkata in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata.