Assam Congress MLA demands Bengali museum at Sankardeva Kalakshetra


GUWAHATI: Amid ongoing row over Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed’s proposal to set up a ‘Miya museum’ at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati, another Congress MLA has demanded a Bengali museum at the Kalakshetra which is regarded as the epitome of Assamese culture and heritage.

Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purakayastha from Karimganj (North) constituency has demanded that a museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the Bengalis should be set up at Sankardeva Kalakshetra.

Claiming that Bengalis have the highest contributions in the freedom struggle of India, the Congress legislator said that a museum reflecting the origin, contributions and sacrifices of the Bengalis should be set up at the Kalakshetra.

“Everyone had contributed to the freedom struggle. But, Bengalis had the highest contributions. Many leaders sacrificed their lives in the movement. People should know the origin of the Bengalis, their role and sacrifices in the freedom struggle of India,” Dey said.

“Sankardeva Kalakshetra is an asset of Assam. It should reflect the cultures of all the communities of Assam. It should have culture and heritage of all including Bengalis, Bodos and Rabhas,” he added.