ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (retd) Dr. BD Mishra on Wednesday recalled the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in saving Kashmir from being overrun by the ‘Pakistan Regulars’ and ‘Kabailis’.
Interacting with members of the ‘Viewfinder’ troupe from Gujarat at Raj Bhawan here, the Governor said that it was because of the political acumen and practical wisdom of Sardar Patel, even the most bellicose princely States also joined the Indian Union.
The theatre artistes of the troupe are here to present a stage show on Sardar Patel as part of the Independence Day celebrations in the State, an official communiqué informed.
Dr. Mishra commended the State governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat for the cultural exchange.
Recalling his visit to Gujarat during the ‘Madhavpur Mela’ — a grand four-day celebrations in Porbandar district of Gujarat — through its first-ever cultural integration with the North-East under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ in Madhavpur Ghed in March 2018, the Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat share cultural relationships and these are deeply intermixed in their folklores.
“Lord Krishna married Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka near Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district which till date we proudly recall as a great occasion,” the Governor pointed out.
Dr Mishra said that the remnants of Bhismaknagar in Lower Dibang Valley district and Malinithan and Vasudev Mandir (Gongai Than) at Likabali and Nari respectively in Lower Siang district bear the testimony of the flourishing and rich cultural links of the state with the rest of India from time memorial.
He also highlighted the importance of these places, which find mention in Kalika Purana related to the ancient social aspects, the communiqué added.