Shillong, Sep 4: As part of the ongoing celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India@75 and ensuing Golden Jubilee of Meghalaya and to commemorate 50 years of Liberation of Bangladesh and bilateral friendship, a symbolic programme, was held at the India-Bangladesh border at Dawki-Tamabil, for handing over to the Indian High Commission, selected Meghalaya cultural artefacts and the stateâ€™s unique textiles, for permanent and dedicated display at the Cultural Centre, of the Indian High Commission at Dhaka to celebrate and showcase Meghalaya.
This following a request made by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Dhaka to the State government earlier this year.
At a brief function, held at the international border today, the Assistant High Commissioner, Sylhet thanked the Meghalaya government for sharing the tribal artifacts & unique textiles to commemorate the three significant events.
A representative of the Bangladesh Government also spoke at the event and highlighted the age old ties and people to people contact that exist between Meghalaya & Bangladesh.
In his keynote address, F.R. Kharkongor, Commissioner and Secretary, Arts & Culture & Textiles, representing the state government, expressed satisfaction, that this exchange could be held despite challenges posed by COVID 19.
Kharkongor emphasised on the significance, of the three events of India@75, Meghalaya@5O & 5O years of bilateral friendship with Bangladesh and also highlighted at length Meghalayaâ€™s contribution as a frontline line state, towards the liberation of Bangladesh and the 5O years of Statehood.
He also highlighted that MEA had recently, been in touch with the state government, with a request to identify a partner country, that has a historical resonance with Meghalaya.
The State Government had identified Bangladesh, in the context of U Tirot Singh, the stateâ€™s foremost freedom fighter, who was exiled by the British to Dhaka, after the Anglo-Khasi war and who breathed his last there on July 17, 1835.
Accordingly, the state government has proposed for MEA support for setting up of a Tirot Singh Memorial at the Cultural Centre, Indian High Commission, Dhaka, to honour the historical legacy of U Tirot Singh, besides various cultural & academic exchanges, to leverage on the ongoing three significant events of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Golden Jubilee of Statehood & 5O years of Liberation of Bangladesh & bilateral friendships.