GUWAHATI, Dec 3 - The State Government will turn the Sukapha Samannay Kshetra into a vibrant hub of cultural activity and a great research centre boosting India�s �Act East Policy�, said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi here today.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said the Samannay Kshetra he inaugurated at Jorhat Mohbondha yesterday would not only attract students and researchers of the country as well as the South-East Asian nations, but it will also become a cultural hub showcasing the history of assimilation of various peoples belonging to different castes, creeds and ethnic identities of the State.
�Visiting the cultural complex, the visitors, students and researchers will be able to gather a wealth of information on the political, social, cultural and religious heritage of the State. The Kshetra will remind us of our ties with South East Asia and also help promote research. It will boost India�s Act East Policy,� he said.
Gogoi said at a time when forces of intolerance are on the rise, Sukapha stands as a role model for �unity in diversity� as he successfully united the people of various castes, tribes and religions through a process of assimilation. �His philosophy is more relevant in view of the present-day divisive politics. The king�s philosophy is synonymous with the great Indian culture of unity in diversity. This inclusive philosophy was later propagated by Srimanta Sankardeva, Azan Fakir and Mahatma Gandhi,� he said.
�We remain firmly committed to continue Sukapha�s ideology for promoting the diverse cultures and also for economic development of all sections of the greater Assamese society, including those who have accepted Assam as their homeland,� he added.