The not much known, and incredible story of a Tangkhul Naga Soldier-Statesman from Manipur who won India Tawang without shedding a drop of blood will be celebrated and honoured as the state of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, Pema Khandu said the state will officially recognize the contribution of Major Ralengnao (Bob) Khathing for hoisting the Indian flag in 1951, officially bringing Tawang under Inida.
The chief minister attending an event at Tawang to felicitate a newly elected gram panchayat and zila parishad chairpersons said a memorial to honour Major Ralengnao (Bob) Khathing will be constructed at a site to be decided by the state and Tawang district administration.
“This memorial will be our tribute to Major Bob Khathing”, he said.
The memorial to be constructed will also house museum of Monpa tribe’s tradition and a cafeteria, Khandu said.
“Not many of us are aware of Major Bob Khathing and the contribution he made to Arunachal Pradesh”, adding that, “once the memorial is constructed, visitors will come to know about him and his contributions,” Khandu said.
The foundation stone of the memorial will be laid on February 14 next, the day when Khathing is believed to have hoisted the Indian flag in Tawang in 1951.
Pema Khandu took to twitter and said, “Maj Bob Khathing ensured sovereignty of India as per ‘Shimla Convention 1914’ in Tawang.”
You can also read more about him from the link – RINCHEN NORBU WANGCHUK