Guwahati: Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, on Friday announced that the state government is all set for the memorial for Major Bob Khathing.
Major Bob Khathing was an Army Officer who commanded a small team of soilders to establish India’s administrative control in Tawang in 1951.
Khandu in his Tweet said that the foundation stone of the memorial will be laid on February 14 in Tawang the day when Major Bob Khathing was believed to have hoisted the Indian Flag 70 years ago for the first time.
Maj Khathing, a brave officer who fought the World WAR II, was inducted as an assistant political officer in Tirap division of North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA), in November 1950, which later became Arunachal Pradesh.
Khandu previously added that the Tawang district administration will select the site of the memorial for the Army Oficer.
The site for the memorial foundation stone laying ceremony has been confirmed to be at the Kalawangpo Auditorium in Tawang.
Khandu while interacting with media had earlier said, “Not many of us are aware of Maj Khathing and his contribution to Arunachal Pradesh. Once the memorial is built, visitors will come to know about him while having a glimpse of Monpa life.”
Tawang, famous for one of the largest monasteries of Tibetan Buddism, became part of British India after the signing of the Simla Convention in 1914 by Great Britain, China and Tibet. However, the then government could not bring the area under its administrative control for various reasons, official sources said.
Maj Khathing and a team of soldiers from Assam Rifles ventured on an onerous journey from Charduar on January 17, 1951, and after negotiating inhospitable terrain in sub- zero temperature, reached Tawang on February 6, said some sources. The sources also added that a British Army officer, after finding it difficult to pronounce his name, ‘Relengnao’, decided to call him ‘Bob’, and he came to be known by this name.
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