ROING, Dec 15: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today unveiled 10-foot-high bronze statue of late Dr Bhupen Hazarika, also known as ‘Statue of Brotherhood’, at Bolung village here on Saturday.
In his address, Khandu said that Bhupenda had touched the hearts of many Arunachalees through his songs and films dedicated to the state. The legendary singer had traveled length and breadth of Arunachal writing about different tribes and composing songs in local dialects that had bonded the hearts of Assam and Arunachal through his songs, films and literary works.
Terming him as a true patriot who through his songs wrote about the sacrifices made by Indian Army during 1962 war, he recalled that when Bhupenda died, the Arunchalees had joined with their Assam counterparts to deeply mourn his demise. Thus, the GoAP had decided to erect a memorial at Bolung in his memory, he said.
To strengthen Assam-Arunachal bond and Assamese being one of the commonly spoken languages in Arunachal, he said a proposal to make Assamese as a third language will be taken up in the Cabinet. The language will not be made compulsory but the students will be free to choose among the third languages, he added.
He lauded Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) for its effort in erecting the statue of brotherhood and said it is the symbol of Assam-Arunachal unity and encouraged their effort in strengthening the relation between the two states.
DyCM Chowna Mein, Assam Power Minister Tapan Kumar Gogoi, Assam Sahitya Sabha chairman Parmananda Rajbangshi, APLS chairman YD Thongchi also spoke. Bhupenda’s family members, MLAs Gum Tayeng (Dambuk) & Mutchu Mithi (Roing), AAPSU and AASU members were also present. (CMO)
AONS adds: It may be recalled that former CM Nabam Tuki at the request of APLS had sanctioned fund for Bhupenda statue. CMO