Itanagar, Feb 14,2021: Arunachal Chief Minister, Pema Khandu on Sunday announced the state’s highest civilian award, Arunachal Ratna Award to Late Major Bob Ralengnao Khathing posthumously.
The announcement comes in as Arunachal Pradesh remembers and pays tribute to Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing, the Tangkhul Naga Soldierfrom Manipur who secured Tawang for India without shedding a drop of blood, at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony at Tawang.
The memorial and Foundation Stone laying ceremony at Tawang on Sunday marks the official recognition of Lt. Ralennao Khathing’s contribution for hoisting the Indian flag in 1951, bringing Tawang under India officially.
The award was received by R Somi John Khathing, Lt. Bob Khathing Ralengnao’s eldest son at Tawang in the presence of Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma and General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took to twitter and said, “Today, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh through CM Pema Khandu BJP Ji honours his legacy by laying the foundation for the Major Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing Memorial Museum in Tawang.”
Major Bob Khathing secured Tawang for #India & unfurled the tricolour on this day, 70 yrs ago. Today, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh through CM @PemaKhanduBJP Ji honours his legacy by laying the foundation for the "Major Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing Memorial Museum" in Tawang. pic.twitter.com/Q7yah7vgi2— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 14, 2021
The memorial to be constructed will also house museum of Monpa tribe’s tradition and a cafeteria, Khandu said. Pema Khandu in February 16 had made the announcement while attending an event at Tawang to felicitate a newly elected gram panchayat and zila parishad chairpersons. He said “This memorial will be our tribute to Major Bob Khathing.”