Obviously, in Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, which is the epitome of Assamese culture, we will not allow any distortion. Sorry MLA Sahab wrote Himanta Biswa Sarma Credit: File image

Assam’s Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called out MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed’s proposal to set-up a Miya Museum at Sankardeva Kalakshetra, as a distortion of Assamese culture.

In a tweet, the Minister wrote, “In my understanding, there is no separate identity-and culture in Char Anchal of Assam as most of the people had migrated from Bangladesh. Obviously, in Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, which is the epitome of Assamese culture, we will not allow any distortion. Sorry MLA Sahab”

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Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed’s put up a proposal before the government of Assam for a Miya Museum.

The museum aims to chronicle the history of people living on the sandbars of Assam. “Since the majority of the population of these areas is from the so-called Miya community, therefore it should be named as Miya museum,” informed Ahmed.

The proposal is for the museum to be set up at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra premises, which was an outcome of the historic Assam Accord.

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The MLA wrote to the director of museums to expedite the process of setting up the museum.

BJP members vehemently opposed the proposal including Pabitra Margherita, who stated that the museum should be established at Rajiv Bhawan and AIUDF offices. He went on to warn both the parties to stay away from the works and places associated with Srimanta Sankardeva.

Assam Tourism Development Corporation chairman and BJP leader Jayanta Malla Baruah also expressed his apprehension over the proposal stating that it is a dangerous indication for the Assamese people.

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