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Govt to institute award after Joymati

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � The State Government is going to institute an award in the name of Joymati, the brave Ahom princess who chose death over giving away information about her fugitive husband Gadapani. The award would be presented from next year to a woman in recognition of her excellence.

This was announced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday on the occasion of the auspicious and important festival of the Ahom community� Me Dam Me Phi that was centrally celebrated at Sukapha Nagar, Notboma, Dispur.

It needs to be mentioned here that this ritual was observed with the traditional fanfare and blessings of the dead and the gods were sought to keep the family and the world from all harm. Tarun Gogoi who inaugurated the auditorium here said that blessings of the ancestors on this occasion of Me Dam Me Phi will surely help in building a strong, united and progressive Assam.

�It is important to learn from the past. The Ahoms had conquered not only land, but also the hearts of the different indigenous communities,� said Gogoi adding that this principle of conquering hearts through friendship and matrimony by the Ahom king Sukapha had helped in strengthening the Ahom kingdom.

Gogoi said that as the Ahom kings treated all communities equally, it helped in building bridges of amity and unity and stressed the relevance of this principle in present day Assam. �It is important for us to follow this principle of equality and justice to ensure that all the communities in the State are marching on the road of progress,� said Gogoi.

Museum inaugurated: Bijoy Krishna Handique, Member of Parliament and ex-Union Minister today inaugurated a Tai museum on the occasion of Medam Me Fi near Charaideou Maidam, Nazira today. He also unveiled a bronze statue of the first Ahom King, Chao Lun Sukafa on the museum premises. The area adjacent to the historic Charaideou Maidam is being developed in the lines of a Tai cultural complex comprising the museum, a park and also a Tai food hut, according to a press release.

At a public meeting held at Charaideou Maidam following the inauguration, Handique also released a map of the historic journey made by Sukafa from Yunan to Patkai on his way to establishing the Ahom kingdom in Assam. He said, �The museum will contain Tai scriptures, artefacts , paintings and other things of interest related to this historic journey made by the first Ahom King.It will be gradually developed and converted to a project under National Museums, Government of India�.

The meeting was attended among others by noted historian Dr Jogen Phukan, Sukafa Award winner Dr Puspa Gogoi, ATDC Chairman Dr Hemoprava Saikia and Nazira MLA Debabrata Saikia.

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Govt to institute award after Joymati

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � The State Government is going to institute an award in the name of Joymati, the brave Ahom princess who chose death over giving away information about her fugitive husband Gadapani. The award would be presented from next year to a woman in recognition of her excellence.

This was announced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday on the occasion of the auspicious and important festival of the Ahom community� Me Dam Me Phi that was centrally celebrated at Sukapha Nagar, Notboma, Dispur.

It needs to be mentioned here that this ritual was observed with the traditional fanfare and blessings of the dead and the gods were sought to keep the family and the world from all harm. Tarun Gogoi who inaugurated the auditorium here said that blessings of the ancestors on this occasion of Me Dam Me Phi will surely help in building a strong, united and progressive Assam.

�It is important to learn from the past. The Ahoms had conquered not only land, but also the hearts of the different indigenous communities,� said Gogoi adding that this principle of conquering hearts through friendship and matrimony by the Ahom king Sukapha had helped in strengthening the Ahom kingdom.

Gogoi said that as the Ahom kings treated all communities equally, it helped in building bridges of amity and unity and stressed the relevance of this principle in present day Assam. �It is important for us to follow this principle of equality and justice to ensure that all the communities in the State are marching on the road of progress,� said Gogoi.

Museum inaugurated: Bijoy Krishna Handique, Member of Parliament and ex-Union Minister today inaugurated a Tai museum on the occasion of Medam Me Fi near Charaideou Maidam, Nazira today. He also unveiled a bronze statue of the first Ahom King, Chao Lun Sukafa on the museum premises. The area adjacent to the historic Charaideou Maidam is being developed in the lines of a Tai cultural complex comprising the museum, a park and also a Tai food hut, according to a press release.

At a public meeting held at Charaideou Maidam following the inauguration, Handique also released a map of the historic journey made by Sukafa from Yunan to Patkai on his way to establishing the Ahom kingdom in Assam. He said, �The museum will contain Tai scriptures, artefacts , paintings and other things of interest related to this historic journey made by the first Ahom King.It will be gradually developed and converted to a project under National Museums, Government of India�.

The meeting was attended among others by noted historian Dr Jogen Phukan, Sukafa Award winner Dr Puspa Gogoi, ATDC Chairman Dr Hemoprava Saikia and Nazira MLA Debabrata Saikia.