GUWAHATI: The All Assam Matak Yuva-Chatra Sanmilan (AAMYCS) has conferred the Bengmora Samanway Award 2023 upon Chowna Mein, Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
The award, presented at the 83rd Central Foundation Day event, celebrates Mein’s relentless efforts in fostering brotherhood, cultural accord, and the safeguarding of indigenous traditions between the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
In his acceptance speech, Mein, while expressing profound gratitude, equated the award as an embodiment of the public’s affection and acknowledgment of his endeavours.
Drawing from his roots as a member of the Tai Khamti clan, he reminisced about the time-honoured bond of kinship shared between the Khamtis and the Matak community. Highlighting the rich cultural confluence, Mein accentuated the influence of Assamese culture on the Arunachal’s populace, particularly those of the Khamti clan.
He also remembered of the valiant Chaupha Planglu, also known as Ranua Gohain, of the Khamti clan, who heroically stood against the British during the Anglo-Khamti War of 1839. Remarkably, the Arunachal Pradesh government has embarked on the commendable journey of chronicling the unsung heroes from the region, an initiative stemming from the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. Among the archived treasures is a poignant letter from Piyoli Phukan to Ranua Gohain, emphasising the profound bond between the Khamti and Matak communities.
Mein also highlighted the pivotal role of cultural luminaries such as Dr. Bhupen Hazarika in weaving the intricate fabric of Assam and Arunachal’s shared heritage. In an appeal to Assam’s youth, he stressed on the essence of cultural conservation and hailed the potential of a digitally progressive India.
The event saw the presence of dignitaries, including Sanjoy Kishan, Minister of Labour & Employment and Welfare of Tea Tribes, Govt of Assam, Binod Hazarika, MLA of Lahowal, Assam, and a bevy of representatives from various Tai Khamti and Assamese associations and councils.