Shillong February, 12 (MMP): Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu today unveiled the bust of Padma Shri Major Bob Khating and laid the foundation stone of the Major Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing Memorial Museum in Tawang. Khating will also be posthumously honoured with Arunachal Ratna, the highest civilian award of the state. The museum will be built to honour Khating, whose efforts succeeded in integrating Tawang with the Indian sub-continent in 1951. He hoisted the Indian national flag in Tawang on this very day 70 years ago. Major Bob Khating, a Tangkhul Naga hailed from Ukhrul district in Manipur and had served in the British army. He fought World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for his valour.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma attended the foundation laying ceremony of Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing Memorial Museum, which was laid by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr) B D Mishra (Retd) in presence of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of state of Sports & Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said the name of Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing is synonymous with bravery.“Tawang is a sacred place for Arunachal Pradesh and on this day, 70 years ago, Major Khathing made history by establishing Indian administrative control over Tawang and hoisted the tricolour,” the Chief Minister remarked.
The Chief Minister said that Major Khathing had a special bond with Meghalaya too and his late wife Smti Kleris Nora Lyngdoh was from Shillong. He said that the establishment of this Memorial will go a long way in keeping the memory of Major Bob Khathing alive.