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GJM wants hill people to wear only ethnic dresses during pujas

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 8, 2009

Daura Suruwal with Dhaka Topi

Daura Suruwal with Dhaka Topi

Siliguri (Zee News): The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has asked the people in the Darjeeling hills to wear only traditional dresses during the festive season starting from October 25.

Nepali-speaking people, in particular, had been asked to be attired in their ethnic clothes for a month from October 25, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said.

He said the directive would not only help in preserving the cultural tradition of the hills but also present a colourful sight for the tourists. However, he said the directive should not be misconstrued as imposing restriction on wearing western dress in the hills.

“We have respect for all cultures – eastern or western – but at the same time we want to protect, preserve and honour our own tradition and culture,” he pointed out.

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