The newly-unveiled statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore in Dharmanagar  in Tripura Credit: Twitter

Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb unveiled the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore in Dharmanagar on Tuesday.

The Manikya dynasty ruled the erstwhile tribal state for more than 800 years and Maharaja Bir Bikram is considered the father of modern architecture in state.

Expressing gratitude to the last ruling king of the Manikya kingdom, the CM tweeted, “The 37 lakh citizens of our beloved state are forever indebted to Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, the Architect of modern Tripura.”

Bir Bikram donned the mantle of crown king when he was only 16 years, had keen interest in literature and is also credited with decentralising the administration. His local administration system, known as ‘Gram Mandal’, is said to be the precursor of Panchayati Raj.

In 1939, he reserved land for the local Tripura tribals, which was later instrumental in the creation of the Tripura autonoumus district council. He was also instrumental in building the Tripura’s first airport before the state acceded to the Indian Union in 1949.

In July, the BJP government renamed the airport after the Maharaja.

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