The 5th North East Youth Festival 2017 was inaugurated on Sunday at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok in the presence of a huge contingent of young participants and delegates from all the eight North Eastern States including the host state Sikkim.
The three-day Festival was inaugurated by Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri. After announcing the Festival open, Justice Satish Kumar released the festive tricolour balloons marking the beginning of three days of harmony and brotherhood among all the participating states.
Justice Agnihotri complimented the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs for organizing the North East Youth Festival for the first time in Sikkim. He stated that the North East region of India is a repository of rich natural resources and resplendent with rich heritage and traditional culture. This festival will give an opportunity to the youth of the North Eastern states to share each others’ culture and unique practices and also create friendship among each other, he stated.
Justice Agnihotri also mentioned about the tremendous potential of the youth for economic, social and political development. If given proper guidance, youth have the potential to define the future of the nation. He further added that the North Eastern region is well disposed for long term economic ties with the South East Asian countries due to its geographical proximity. This should be used positively by the young people of the region for economic prosperity, he added.
The Chief Justice further stated that the youth forms a major percentage of the population of the country and hence are the hope and future of the nation. He urged the youth in the audience to have courage to think and act differently and apply prudence while taking vital decisions.
Speaking about the theme of the Youth Festival which is ‘Youth for Organic Farming’, the Chief Justice stated that organic farming is holistically beneficial for the land and the environment as well as for the consumers for its enormous health and economic benefits. He urged the youth of the North East region to explore the unlimited opportunities in the field of food processing and allied industries and the tourism sector. “Life should be meaningful and great, rather than monotonous and long”, he summed up.
Earlier, Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, R.B. Subba highlighted the progress made by the State in several fields. He mentioned some of the young achievers from the State who have made a mark in the national and international stage. Subba urged the participants from all the North Eastern states to make the most of this festival and encouraged them to perform to the best of their abilities.
The inaugural programme was marked by colourful cultural presentations by each of the participating states, and student groups from Sikkim.