Geyzing, Jan 2
The 115th birth anniversary of renounced litterateur of Limboo community, Iman Sigh Chemjong was celebrated on Tuesday here at community hall of Geyzing.
The event managed by Limboo Literary Publication Association was attended by Minister N.K Subba as the chief guest. MLA Chandra Maya Subba was also present as special guest along with the people from the Limboo community from different parts of state.
Late Iman Singh Chemjong is considered as pioneer of Limboo literature and a person who worked for preservation and development of Limboo literature. Working as Limboo historian, writer, linguist, lexicographer, folklorist and a philosopher Late Iman Singh Chemjong devoted his entire life to studying and documenting various facets of Kirati tradition and culture and contributed towards cultural renaissance of kirati communities.
The organizing committee today felicitated Minister N.K Subba and MLA Chandra Maya Subba for their works towards upliftment of Limboo community and also for their contributions towards social welfare as well.
The highlight of the programme was presentation of Chemjong Literary Award 2018 which was conferred to Bishnu Maya Limboo of Hee Gaon for her literary works. Similarly Jetha Subba from West Bengal was feted with prestigious Chemzong Literary Excellence Award 2018 by the organizing committee. Sushil Sawaden of Sopakha and Mani Tamling from Hee Gaon were also felicitated for their contributions in the field of music.
Minister N.K Subba in his brief address said that the role of Limboo Literary Publication Association regarding protection, preservation and upliftment of Limboo community’s language and culture has been appreciable. Stating that contributions of Iman Singh Chemjong for development of Limboo language and literature is immense, N.K Subba said that the Limboo community should not forget his selfless service towards development of Limboo literature. He expressed that upliftment of different communities has been ensured and the religious secularism is well maintained in the state under SDF government and it is evident from the fact that the state government has established Mangheem (Limboo community’s religious shrine) at many places of the state along with other religious infrastructures.
He called for comprehensive participations of Limboo community for protection and preservation of Limboo customs, culture and traditions is necessary. ‘Preservation of cultural heritage of any community is very necessary as culture, customs and traditions are identity of those community’, he said.
Speaking as special guest MLA Chandra Maya Subba alleged that it is due to negligence on the part of central government the delay in seat reservation for Limboo Tamang community has happened. She maintained that seat reservation is constitutional right of LT seat community and the state government has fulfilled its responsibilities regarding the seat reservation in the state assembly. ‘Matter is now completely in the hands of central government’, she said.
She alleged that the central government seems not interested to reserve seats for Limboo Tamang community. She asserted that SDF will field five candidates from Limboo Tamang communities in the upcoming election.
Speaking about state government stand on providing tribal status to 11 left out communities of the state, Chandra Maya Subba informed that the state government is perusing the matter very sincerely.
Cultural programme, scholastic competitions were other attractions of the programme.
President of Limboo Literary Publication, D.S Limboo extended his gratitude to all those who lent their support for organizing the event.