Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday emphasized that in the pursuit of understanding the society it is important that disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, folklore and history need to re-examine the context in which they survive today, and recognise these shifts in perception.
On Thursday, Khandu addressed at Rajiv Gandhi University at an inaugural function for the three –day National Seminar on Archaeology, History, Art, Museums and Folklores of North East India. He stated that “With the advancements not only in information and communication technologies, but even in the very idea of what constitutes knowledge- whether it is formal or traditional, we realise that how we consume knowledge and information is very different from the way we used to – even just 10 years back.”
Mentioning that historical and cultural context of Northeast India is a complex megalith with each state having diverse historical growth, Khandu noted, “Two contexts have given rise to the existence of the Northeast.”
He also accepted that history, art, identity and folklores have become very vulnerable with a real threat of literally disappearing from the face of this earth.
“The biggest task facing the academia today is to help the society understand itself and to make use of the knowledge gathered to bind the society closer,” Khandu shared.