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Jamshedpur, Jan 22: The Tusu Mela organized by Jharkhandvasi Ekta Manch at the Gopal Maidan today was a riot of cultural colours, traditional music and dances that not only enthralled the thousands of visitors but added more soul to the determination to preserve the Jharkhand heritage handed down by the forefathers for posterity.
Speaking on the occasion, parliamentarian Bidyut Baran Mahto stated emphatically, “The invaluable jewelry of Jharkhand’s tradition is the celebration of Tusu festival which has been handed down to us by our forefathers. It is our responsibility to preserve our language, culture and tradition. If there is any attempt to obliterate our rich culture it will be our call to arms once again. Parliamentarians and legislators come and go but the dreams of our immortal martyrs painted with their blood will never go to waste. We are all united to save our unique culture and tradition.”
Astik Mahto observed on the occasion, “We have to fight to uphold our language and culture. These are not traditions that are available in the market but a heritage left to us by our ancestors to preserve, nurture and propagate. It is my appeal to the youth of our state to learn and stand up for everyone’s rights. Let use this gift of life towards the development of the state and the nation.”
Former parliamentarian Shailendra Mahto criticized the earlier historians for having neglected the bravehearts of a traditionally rich Jharkhand. There is no record of the land’s cultural heritage. “It is now up to us to bring our cultural heritage on the international arena.”
Former parliamentarian Abha Mahto congratulated the organizers for organizing the grand Tusu Mela. She asked all to move the legacy of Jharkhand forward by being aware of all developments locally, nationally and at the international level.
Baharagora legislator Samir Mahanty averred, “The Tusu Mela reflects the culture of Jharkhand. This place turns the state’s pilgrimage spot for one day. We shall make Jharkhand a better state for which martyrs like Nirmal Mahto and Sunil Mahto spilled their blood.”
Legislator Banna Gupta, in his speech stated, “This land of Jharkhand is the one that the martyrs were born on and created. It is they, who taught us to agitate, demonstrate and achieve. We are certainly going forward into the 21st century but in this journey we have to take along with us our land’s rich tradition and culture.”
Legislator Mangal Kalindi said that Sunil Mahto had started this movement to preserve and uphold the unique Jharkhand tradition. “This festival is not only one to revel in but also to carry forward the essence of ‘Gur-Pitha’ celebration which showcases one of the many traditional facets of the land.”
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