Forgotten hero who brought Tawang under Indian Union to be honouredPTI | Tawang | Updated: 13-02-2021 18:10 IST | Created: 13-02-2021 16:21 IST
Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing, who was instrumental in bringing Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh under the Indian Union, will be honored for the first time on Sunday here in presence of the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, two chief ministers, a central minister, and a governor.
As an assistant political officer of the erstwhile North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and present-day Arunachal Pradesh, Khathing had carried out an audacious operation to bring Tawang under the Indian Union in the early 1950s under the direct supervision of the then Assam governor Jairamdas Daulatram.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Retd) BD Mishra, and General Rawat arrived here this afternoon to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing Memorial at Kalawangpo auditorium.
Khathing's son John, a retired IRS officer, and other family members will also be present at the function.
Despite several attempts, the British could not annex it.
According to historical accounts of the NEFA, when Khathing and his men arrived in Tawang, he called a meeting on a high-ground near the Tawang Monastery for meeting local tax officials, village elders, and prominent people of Tawang.
He used diplomatic skills to win over the locals. He soon realized that the local Monpa community was struggling under the harsh taxes imposed by the Tibetan administration. He told the local people about India, its democracy and assured them that India will never impose an unjustified tax on them.
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