Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Union Minister of State for Culture, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Mahesh Sharma on Saturday inaugurated the Aizawl Circle of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Tuikhuahtlang locality here in Aizawl. The Aizawl Circle of ASI, a sub office of Guwahati Circle will cover Mizoram, Manipur & Tripura.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma said that the strength of our Nation is its rich heritage and culture which are great treasure of the country.
He said that ASI is taking massive effort to preserve and discover our heritage and rich culture across the country.
He also expressed hope that the opening of ASI Aizawl Circle will bring development in the field of preserving and discovering heritage and rich cultures in Northeast India.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a great vision for the North East, Dr Sharma said that this is the reason why there is separate Ministry of DoNER for the speedy development and progress of the eight North Eastern states.
“The central government is taking massive effort to bring speedy development and progress in many fields in the Northeastern states of India,” he said.
He added that Mizoram enjoys enormous natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Citing that India will celebrate its 75 years of Independence by 2022, the union minister appealed to all citizens to take massive effort for building New India by freeing the country of garbage, poverty, corruption, terrorism, injustice and communalism by 2022.
Mizoram governor Lt. General (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma who attended the inaugural function also said that the opening of ASI Aizawl Circle was a memorable period as well as a milestone in the history of Mizoram.
He said that Mizoram being rich in cultural heritage, the preservation and discovery of heritage and culture is crucial in order to know the traditions and cultures of Mizo forefathers.
He added that it is important for the people of Mizoram to study and value the artefacts and relics discovered recently at Vangchhia in Champhai district.
Stating that the skill and knowledge of the people could not be unearthed unless they are well versed in the history of a nation and country, the governor said that the present youths have an important role to play in discovering and preserving the history of our nation or country.
“People should work together and every individual should learn to contribute according to their respective knowledgeS and skillS for the progress of the country,” he said.
Mizoram Art & Culture Minister R. Romawia, who was the guest of honour on the occasion said that the opening of Aizawl Circle of ASI was a remarkable period for the state of Mizoram.
He said that there was no written record of Mizo history until Mizo alphabet was developed by Welsh missionaries in 1894.
He expressed hope that more new discoveries that will enrich Mizo history would be possible if efforts are made to discover cultural heritage of the Mizo forefathers from now on.
The inauguration of Aizawl Circle of ASI was also attended by Convener, INTACH Mizoram Chapter P. Rohmingthanga, IAS (Rtd), ASI Regional Director Dr. M. Nambirajan, ASI Add. Director General Rakesh Singh Lal, Asst. Superintending Archaeologist Dr. Sujeet, and other important officials of both Central and State Government.
The Aizawl Circle of ASI, a sub office of Guwahati Circle will cover Mizoram, Manipur & Tripura. It will be looked after by Superintending Archaeologist.