MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed wrote to the director of museums to expedite the process of setting up the museum Credit: Twitter image

After Assam’s health, education, and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke against the proposal by Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed for the setting up of a Miya Museum at Sankardeva Kalakshetra on Saturday, several prominent personalities and organisations also protested against it.

At Nalbari, the Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha (BJYM) burnt the effigy of MLA Ahmed. A protestor was heard saying that the Land of Staras was encroached during the Congress rule and now the Congress MLA wants to set up the Miya Museum at Saknardeva Kalakshetra. The protestor added that the MLA should apologise immediately.

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Even Satradhika of Majuli Adhar Satra expressed his resentment against Sherman Ali Ahmed for his audacity to disrespect Srimanta Sankardeva, the harbinger of Assamese culture and literature. While talking with a leading daily he said that the Kalakshetra is named after the Vaishnavite Guru and that such a proposal from the honorable MLA is really shameful.

The Congress MLA 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. 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.

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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.

Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet on Saturday 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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