Manipur minister Nemcha Kipgen along with members of the Thadou Nampi diaspora in the US  Credit: Twitter

Imphal: Manipur minister for social welfare and cooperation Nemcha Kipgen lauded the Thadou diaspora living in the United States (US) for remaining true to their roots despite staying far away from their home state and country.

Kipgen, who is also the first woman cabinet minister from the Thadou community of Manipur, was attending the 2nd Annual Thadou Nampi Meeting as the chief guest at Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday and Saturday.

Taking to her official Twitter handle, the minister said: “Home away from Home, yet deeply connected to its toots. M glad that u still hold on to your roots firmly.”

Kipgen, who is also the lone woman cabinet minister in the current CM N Biren Singh-led government in the state, urged the diaspora to strive for excellence through hard work and contribute in the welfare and development of their state in particular, and the country as a whole.

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Manipur minister Nemcha Kipgen being felicitated by the Thadou Nampi diaspora in North Carolina, US

While highlighting the various developmental programmes initiated by the Manipur government for the people of the state, the minister also invited the Thadou diaspora to participate in governance and share their innovative ideas and views which can be of help in bringing growth and development in the state.

Reminding them of the community’s rich history, Kipgen also said: “Thadou tribe is one of the ancient people in Southeast Asia and has a long history, tradition, culture and custom, among others.”

The Thadou dialect-speaking community is one of the numerous branches of the Kuki groups and constitutes the second most populated tribe of Manipur.

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