Illegal immigration of Bangladeshis to be agenda at Youth Fest

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Itanagar, Nov 22 (UNI) The illegal infiltration of Bangladeshis, which has drawn concern from various sections of the society during recent times, will feature prominently in seminars organised at the third Youth Festival from November 29.

Pasighat, the paragon of natural beauty in Arunachal's East Siang district, is all set to host the festival.

Organised by the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), the mega event would highlight various indigenous games, sports, cultural heritage and traditional dresses of different tribes of the state.

Addressing mediapersons here yesterday, IFCSAP president Nabam Atum disclosed that around 5,000 delegates, including 1,000 volunteers from various parts of the state, would participate in the event along with nearly 700 guests from neighbouring Assam.

Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh, along with Chief Minister Dorjee Khndu and other guests, including meditation guru Shri Shri Ravi Shankar from Art of Living, Dr W.Selvamurthy, chief controller (R&D) from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and a host of other dignitaries, would participate.

Besides infiltration of Bnagladeshis, seminars would be organised on various other topics, including popularising janajati community, a link to national integration, protection, preservation of indigenous faith and culture, Chinese effect on Tibet and its impact on Arunachal, science and development in modern India and discussion on Freedom of Religion Act, 1970, Mr Atum added.

Cultural display like folk dances and traditional games and sports would also be a part of the festival.

Highlighting the various activities of the IFCSAP, the president said it was a platform for all indigenous activities and the society was trying to promote priest institutions.

''We are trying to popularise traditional healing system and to preserve it,'' he added.

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