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Wed, 08 Apr 2020

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MEGHALAYA KOCH ASSOCIATION (MKA) GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS CELEBRATED WITH GAIETY AND GRANDEUR

MEGHALAYA KOCH ASSOCIATION (MKA) GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS CELEBRATED WITH GAIETY AND  GRANDEUR
February 19
10:54 2020

NET Bureau

In a fitting display of the rich and thriving cultural traditions of the Koch tribe of Meghalaya, the golden jubilee celebrations of the Meghalaya Koch Association (MKA) , the apex body of the Koch tribe in Meghalaya concluded with a 4-day colourful extravaganza held on the 14th,15th,16th and 17th February’20 held at Kumaligaon in South-West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

The golden jubilee conference was attended by more than 5000 official delegates from various parts of Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is worth mentioning here that the once mighty Koch dynasty ruled over the whole of the lower Assam valley in the 16th century which extended to parts of Khasi & Jaintia hills, vast tracts of present day Bangladesh and parts of Nepal and Bengal. The golden jubilee conference once again proved to be a unifying ground for the Koches from all parts of the world. Mr.Conrad K.Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya who attended the special session as the Chief Guest spoke on the need for every tribe to maintain their unique identity and culture besides fostering cultural ties with other communities for social equilibrium. Rajya Sabha MP Dr Rakesh Sinha who also attended the special session spoke of India’s unique cultural pluralism and urged the gathering to celebrate the rich cultural diversity and also preserve one’s identity.

He also assured the gathering to raise the demand for the recognition of the Koch dialect in the Parliament and announced a sum of Rs.10.00 lakh for the Koch association for preserving the unique cultural identity of the Koches. The special session was attended amongst others by Mr.Thomas A.Sangma, Adviser to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya,Smt.F.C.A.Sangma, Chairman,Environment and Sustainable Development,Meghalaya, Mr.Nripendra Koch and Mr.Bhupendra Hajong, MDCs of Garo Hills district council.

The MKA also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister for the introduction of the Koch dialect as a subject in select schools of Meghalaya and to preserve it. The memorandum also urged the Chief Minister to recognize the Koch as a state scheduled tribe along with the other major tribes of the state. An international Koch meet was also held earlier in the day which was attended by international delegates and important resolutions to preserve and propagate the culture of the Koches were adopted. A Souvenir and book publications by various Koch authors were also released on the occasion.

The penultimate day of the open session was attended by a host of dignitaries including the former Chief Minister Dr.Mukul M.Sangma,; Mr.Zenith M.Sangma, Hon’ble MLA,Rangsakona; Smt.Dikkanchi D.Shira, Hon’ble MLA,Mahendraganj; Smt.Miani D.Shira, Hon’ble MLA,Ampati.

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