Himanta Biswa Hammers down the request of Miya Museum
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday rejected the request of Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed for setting up a Miya Museum at Shrimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
The MLA requested the government to set up a Miya museum at Sankardeva Kalakshetra. Ali said, “I have proposed a museum for the people living in the char-chapori areas of Assam. The museum should be established at Kalashetra in Guwahati. Since the majority of the population of these areas is from the so-called Miya community, therefore, the museum should be named as Miya Museum.”
“As the people of the four regions are mostly referred to as ‘Mia’, I have proposed to the government to set up a museum for (them). The museum should be established in the Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and the culture of Mia. And will highlight the legacy. People, “Mr. Ahmed wrote.
Assam has a population of about 64 lakh Bengali Muslims. The total Muslim population in the state is around 1 crore.
Replying to the proposal, Himanta Biswa Sarma turned down the proposal saying that the state government cannot allow any distortion in Shrimanta Sankardeva Kalakshtera, which is the epitome of Assamese culture.
Sarma wrote, “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.”
In the 2016 assembly elections, the BJP stepped into power on an aggressive campaign promising to protect the land, calling the legacy of Assam’s “indigenous” people the party “an extension of illegal migrants from Bangladesh”
Assam returns to polling booths next year, with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's BJP government looking to retain power.Following Mr Sarma shooting down the "Miya" museum proposal, Congress MP Abdul Khaleque hit out at the BJP's go-to man in the northeast.
Sorry sir (Himanta Biswa Sarma)… Ancestors of these people were migrated from erstwhile Bengal, which was integral part of undivided India. Kindly don't distort history more just (for the) sake of getting power," Mr Khaleque said.