GUWAHATI: Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has reacted sharply against the proposal of Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed to set up a Miya museum at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
Terming the Kalakshetra as the epitome of Assamese culture, Dr. Sarma said that no distortion would be allowed.
“In my understanding, there is no separate identity-and culture in Char Anchal of Assam as most of the people had migrated from Bangladesh. Obviously, in Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, which is the epitome of Assamese culture, we will not allow any distortion. Sorry MLA Sahab” he tweeted.
Sherman Ali Ahmed who represents Baghbar constituency made the strange proposal at a standing committee meeting of Assam Legislative Assembly.
“I have proposed a museum for the people living on the sandbars of Assam. The museum should be established at Kalakshetra. Since the majority of population of these areas is from so-called Miya community, therefore it should be named as Miya Museum,” Sherman Ali Ahmed said.
The Congress MLA said that a museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the Miya people living in the Char-Chaporis (Sandbars) of Assam should be set up on the premises of Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra which was an outcome of historic Assam Accord.
He also wrote to the director of museums of the Assam government to expedite the process of setting up the museum.