Lt Major Bob Khathing awarded Arunachal Ratna Award posthumously

Arunachal Chief Minister, Pema Khandu on Sunday announced the state’s highest civilian award, Arunachal Ratna Award to Late Major Bob Ralengnao Khathing posthumously.

The announcement comes in as Arunachal Pradesh remembers and pays tribute to Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing, the Tangkhul Naga Soldier-Statesman from Manipur who won India Tawang without shedding a drop of blood, at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony at Tawang.

Pema Khandu took to twitter and said, “Arunachal is elated to honour its true Hero.”

The memorial and Foundation Stone laying ceremony at Tawang on Sunday marks the official recognition of Lt. Ralennao Khathing’s contribution for hoisting the Indian flag in 1951, bringing Tawang under India officially.

Also read: Major Ralengnao (Bob) Khathing – The Remarkable Statesman Who Won Tawang Without a Drop of Blood

The award was received by R Somi John Khathing (IRS), Lt. Bob Khathing Ralengnao’s eldest son at Tawang in the presence of Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, and Governor of Arunachal Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd).

  • EuKcGrPVcAIF0I
  • Bop Khathing Ralengnao
  • 148839483 1123619214747063 4069161604851156314 n
  • 148317441 5141376749270113 4160863537658044981 o
  • 148343663 5141375709270217 6821038254754640865 o
  • 150252662 5141374095937045 7494296538228523032 o

The memorial to be constructed will house museum of Monpa tribe’s tradition and a cafeteria, Khandu said. Pema Khandu in February 16 had made the announcement while  attending an event at Tawang to felicitate a newly elected gram panchayat and zila parishad chairpersons. He said “This memorial will be our tribute to Major Bob Khathing.” 

Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju said he will request the education ministry to include the story of Major Khathing in school text books.

“Major Khathing’s life is a lesson for all of us, especially the youths. He is no normal individual but one who made history. The people of this country must know him,” Rijiju said.

Conrad Sangma took to twitter and said, “Today, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh through CM Pema Khandu BJP Ji honours his legacy by laying the foundation for the Major Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing Memorial Museum in Tawang.”

- Advertisement -

For more such stories, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Download our Android App. Subscribe to our Website Notifications to stay updated.

Proudly Hosted on

Also Read


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Connect With Us



1 COVID-19 death of 56-year-old man, 86 new cases reported in Manipur

Manipur COVID-19 infection tally crossed 30,000-mark on Thursday following a rapid surge in daily infections in the state in the last fortnight.

Two including woman held with 219 gram of heroin powder in Manipur

Two persons including a woman were arrested with 219 gram of heroin powder by a team of Narcotic and Affairs of Border...

NSCN IM Supremo Muivah returns to Hebron Camp

NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah has returned to Camp Hebron, off Dimapur, from New Delhi on Thursday, April 22, accompanied by some...

Night curfew in Dimapur from April 23 from 8 pm to 5 am: 53 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Nagaland recorded 53 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the Health department. Out of the new...

India Records World’s Biggest Single-Day Rise in COVID-19 Cases

India on Thursday reported 314,835 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the world’s largest one-day rise in...