A memorial will likely be arrange in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang to maintain alive the sacrifice and bravado of Main Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing, who had established Indian administrative management over the border city 70 years in the past. Earlier than February 1951, Tawang, regardless of being a part of India since 1914 by the Simla Conference, was administered from Lhasa.
Officers mentioned that it was a historic “Valentine’s Day” celebration right here at Tawang – when respect and love showered to late Main Khathing – because the works for establishing the memorial had been formally started on Sunday.
Union Sports activities and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned he would request the Union Training Ministry to incorporate the story of Main Khathing in class textbooks.
The Arunachal Pradesh authorities would arrange the memorial land for which was donated by the folks of Tawang.
The muse stone of the memorial was laid by Governor Brig B.D. Mishra (retd) in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Okay. Sangma, Rijiju, Chief of Defence Workers Gen Bipin Rawat, different prime military officers and members of the family of Main Khathing.
Strengthening folks’s love for Main Khathing, the state authorities additionally introduced to posthumously award him with the state’s highest civilian award, “Arunachal Ratna”.
In his speech, Khandu mentioned: “In the present day is a historic day for Arunachal Pradesh as we have lastly received the chance to honour Main Khathing for the sacrifice and contributions he made for the state and the nation which was lengthy due.”
He mentioned that the memorial would go a good distance in selling tourism and in addition make folks privy to one of many vital heroes of India.
He mentioned the native folks have determined to donate a plot of land for the memorial at Tsona Dzongpen, the place the place the erstwhile administrative camp was located, which Main Khathing had dislodged.
In accordance with the Military officers, braving harsh terrain and hostile climate circumstances, Main Khathing and his crew carried out an audacious 20-day journey on foot from Chariduar in Assam to Tawang in early 1951.
They reached Tawang on February 6, 1951 after which three days later, the Indian administration was arrange in session with the native leaders and villagers.
“Conserving the historic day in thoughts the memorial can be inaugurated on February 9 (of the following 12 months) after the completion of the development of the memorial,” Khandu introduced.
John S.R. Khathing, eldest son of Main Khathing, thanked Khandu and the Arunachal Pradesh authorities for honoring his father. He mentioned that it was Main Khathing who throughout the 1962 Indo-Chinese language struggle had requested the federal government to submit him again to Tawang from Sikkim at a time when everybody was avoiding it.
“My father had a particular connection and love for Tawang and that shall all the time stay. Our household’s relationship with Tawang would by no means fade away. In actual fact the bond has additional strengthened at present,” he mentioned.
He knowledgeable that Main Khathing visited Tawang final in 1985 (5 years earlier than his demise) and was so completely happy to see the event and progress of the district.
Governor Misha expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, CDS Rawat, and Chief Minister Khandu for his or her help in making the concept of the memorial a actuality.
He additionally appreciated the bonhomie that the folks of Arunachal, particularly Tawang share with the Indian Military.
Rijiju mentioned: “Main Khathing’s life is a lesson for all of us, particularly the youth. He’s no regular particular person however one who made historical past. The folks of this nation should know him. That is how kids would know concerning the contribution and sacrifices of the heroes from the northeast area.”
Sangma mentioned there are a number of unsung heroes like Main Khathing from the northeast area who additionally have to be recognised and honoured.
Common Rawat assured full help of the Indian Military within the development and upkeep of the memorial.
“The memorial would make us all proud and it’s by this memorial folks of the county would know that there was an individual like Main Khathing,” he mentioned.
Earlier, the bust of Main Khathing was unveiled by his son within the presence of the dignitaries.
Maj Khathing, who had joined Indian Frontier Administrative Providers (IFAS) in Oct 1950, was deputed to the Khameng Frontier Division of the then North East Frontier Company (NEFA) in modern-day Arunachal Pradesh as Assistant Political Officer (APO), Sela by Governor of Assam. He was tasked to combine Tawang and safe Indian administrative management as much as the McMahon Line.
He grew to become the primary Indian tribal to develop into an Ambassador when he was chosen because the Indian Ambassador to then Burma (now Myanmar) in 1972. He labored in Burma for 3 years and retired from service in 1975. For his diversified providers to the Nation, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1957.