14th Sep 2018 10:09:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

India with its population of more than 125 crore is one of the most populated countries in the world. It accounts for 17.7% of the world’s population. In fact, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often spoken about the same, calling it the ‘demographic dividend’ of India. However, the population can be a demographic dividend only if it is an asset. 125 crore people can be an asset or a liability for any nation, depending upon what is their role in the nation. Are they healthy, aware citizens who contribute to nation building or are they ignorant citizens who are treated as no more than a vote bank? A nation flourishes if and only if its citizens know, take pride in and learn from its history. Ignorance and consequent apathy is the largest enemy of a nation.
The same goes for states like Arunachal Pradesh albeit with a miniscule population but a large number of different ethnicities and cultures and dialects. It has now become a fashion to talk about indigenous cultures and traditions which are still maintained by village heads and traditional priests in remote areas. Arunachal Pradesh truly renders a distinctive culture as it is comprised of many major tribes including various sub-tribes. Each tribe follows its own exclusive traditions and customs. Arunachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most linguistically diverse states in Asia. More than 50 dialects of the Tibeto-Burman language structure can be observed here. 
But have we maintained all these cultural and linguistic diversities in the third millennium is the moot question. The progress of a nation depends on the progress of its people and their language, traditions and cultural affinities. Isn’t it time the government took serious steps to propagate the local languages, at least the major ones, at the national level for preserving the rich cultural heritage of the state as politicians often claim at different fora?

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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