Dr Swami writes to PM about installing Lachit Borphukan’s statue in Delhi

Guwahati, Dec 10: A statue of Lachit Borphukan, the commander of the Ahom army, may come up and a road named after him in New Delhi.

Senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swami has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to the “lapse of the past governments in honouring one of the heroes of Indian freedom struggle Lachit Borphukan who fought against foreign invaders – the Mughal army in Assam.”

Dr Swami suggested that the Central government should take an initiative to install a statue of Lachit Borphukan in Delhi and name one of the roads after him. In fact, Dr Swamy suggested that Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road should be renamed after Lachit Borphukan.

The senior BJP leader, who was in Assam recently, reminded the Prime Minister about Lachit Borphukan’s contribution “in successfully fighting the invading Mughal army and preventing them from taking over the Northeast, particularly Assam.”

The Prime Minister has acknowledged receipt of the letter.

There is mounting pressure on the Centre to rename several roads in the national capital after unsung nationalist heroes. Recently, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) wrote to the Prime Minister demanding that Aurangzeb Road be renamed after Guru Tegh Bahadur as a tribute to the Sikh Guru, who sacrificed his life to protest forcible conversions by the oppressive Mughal ruler.

A similar request was received by the Ministry of Urban Development to remove royal titles from the roads named after former princely–state dynasts.

Lachit Borphukan was a commander and Borphukan in the Ahom kingdom known for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that thwarted a drawn–out attempt by Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh to take back Kamrup. He died about a year later due to illness.


Former Arunachal CM Jarbom Gamlin dead

Itanagar, Dec 2: Former Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin passed away at the age of 53. He had liver thrombosis, which affected other vital organs.

He was being treated at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. He breathed his last at 11.15 pm on Sunday night, his family said on Monday. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

His body will be flown to his native place Aalo in West Siang district on Tuesday.

Born on April 16, 1961 at Aalo, Gamlin studied in Sainik School, Goalpara in Assam and graduated in History from St Stephen’s College in Delhi and did his LLB from the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1984. Later, he practised as a lawyer in Dibrugarh.

Gamlin started his political career as a leader of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU). He was the president of AAPSU from 1981-83.

He was baptised into electoral politics by the State’s regional party leaders like Tomo Riba and Bakin Pertin in the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). He was a member of Lok Sabha from 1999-2004 representing Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.

In 2004, he was elected to the Arunachal Assembly from Liromoba constituency in West Siang district and became the Home Minister in the Gegong Apang Ministry. In 2009, he was re-elected from the same seat and became the Power Minister in the Dorjee Khandu Ministry.

On May 5, 2011, Gamlin became Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after the death of Dorjee Khandu on April 30, 2011 in a helicopter accident.

But his six-month-long tenure came to an end on Oct 31, 2011, after he resigned from the post due to political crisis in the State.

He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2014 for the third consecutive term.

Arunachal Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today offered prayers to Almighty Donyi-Polo for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Governor said in his death, the State has lost a distinguished social activist, legal luminary and dynamic leader.

In his condolence message, Tuki said that late Gamlin will always be remembered as one of the most learned and proficient political stalwarts ever produced by the State.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Jarbom Gamlin, a press release in Guwahati said.

The Chief Minister has expressed deep condolences over his death and said that in his passing away, the society has lost a visionary leader who had worked for development of the region.

Chief Minister Gogoi has extended his condolence for the bereaved family of Jarbom Gamlin and prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of his departed soul.


Manipur State Archieves to degitize old scriptures

Imphal, Nov 29: In an unprecedented and appreciable move, the Manipur State Archives has begun the process of digitization of the indigenous scriptures of Manipur including the Puya (old scripture), resolutions of the Darbar, precious journals and administrative reports pertaining to political, cultural, and historical records of Manipur.

The records to be digitized include 22,200 pages of various Puya compiled in Manipur during the 18th and 19th centuries, 50,000 pages of Darbar resolutions taken during the period from 1907 to 1947, 50,000 pages of precious books in Manipuri published between 1930 and 1970 and in English published between 1913 to 1970, and 30,000 pages Manipur Gazette from 1933 to 1986.

The initiative of digitization to be taken up as a project of National Archives of India, New Delhi under the Ministry of Culture will also include 70,000 pages of Administrative Reports of Manipur in English language pertaining to the period from 1868 to 1995. 5000 pages of precious journals published in Manipuri language from 1930 to 1970 and 2800 pages of the Trial Document of 1891 are also being taken up for digitization as part of the project.

National Archives of India under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India sanctioned an amount of Rs 10 lakh in March 2013 for the project. Accordingly, Manipur State Archives has begun the process of digitization from April 2 this year.

As of now, about 5000 pages of Puya have so far been digitized by two representatives of the Info Trade Services located at PDA Complex Lamphel at the laboratory of Manipur State Archives. One of the representatives doing the digitization works is said to be a trained personnel from Centre for Developed and Advanced Computing, Kolkata.

The effort for digitization and record keeping of the old scriptures has been taken up with a view to preserving the old documents which are going to be lost due to ageing. It will also benefit the future generation.

As expressed by various cultural enthusiasts and scripture analysts of Manipur to this Daily, there are lots of precious information recorded in the Puya by different prophets (Manchous) since 1709.Manipur State Archives may also hunt such old documents to include in the ongoing digitization process, they opined, while adding that the Manipur State Archives may also track the numerous old documents being kept in the custody of certain individuals.

This is for the welfare of the future generation and welfare of the people.


The Early History of Tea in North-East India

For an avarage Indian Assam remands him of his favorite drink, the Tea or the steaming  'Chai'. This book, published in 1918, gives an interesting account of the history of Tea Gardening in Assam.

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