|Asom Divas celebrations get under way at Dhemaji|
DHEMAJI, Dec 2 - The All Assam Ahom Sabha, Dhemaji district committee in association with coordination committee of different tribes of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are celebrating Asom Divas at Sukapha khetra at Silapathar bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
The celebration is to commemorate the advent of Chaolung Sukapha, the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam after his journey over the Patkai Hills.
The six-day programme, which was inaugurated by former Jonai MLA Phani Tayeng on Sunday, was attended by members of different ethnic communities from both neighbouring states.
The second day programme started with flag hoisting and ‘maidam tarpan’ and was followed by paying floral tribute to portraits of Chaolung Sukapha and historic heroes of Assam, who bravely fought against intruders in ancient times.
Addressing the gathering, Silapathar Ahom Sabha president Atul Borgohain recalled that Chaolung Sikaphaa ruled the entire region, while there was no division of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and other NE states. He observes that the Divas was earlier observed by only the Ahom community of the State, which created disunity among ethnic communities of the region.
“Chaolung Sukaphaa and subsequent Ahom kings ruled ‘Greater Assam’ tying up all ethnic groups, which dispersed to different northeastern States after reorganisation. We are realising the fact that the ethnic tribes and other groups living in the region are people of ancient Assam and our fellowmen”, Borgohain said.
Borgohain observed that present situation of the State is compelling them to revitalise the unity among ethnic diversity in order to save their ethnic traditions and ancestral cultures.
“Our efforts aim at rejuvenation of the historic relation and unity among the ethnic groups of the northeastern states”, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, a leader from Likabali in Arunachal Pradesh, Gumke Riba said majority of the tribes of their state were unaware about the historic relations with Assam.
“We have come to know that Assamese people are our fellowmen and we should have a cordial relation and elderly treatment towards them”, Riba, who is president of the organising committee of the event, said.
Among others, ex-MLA Phoni Tayeng, Adi Community leader Paniram Panyang of Pasighat spoke on the occasion.
The six-day celebration includes meetings and display of cultural practices by different communities of Assam and Arunachal, food mela, exhibition-cum-sale of traditional attires, sculptures and book fair.
The celebration will conclude with a valedictory programme on December 6 next.