SHILLONG: Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday said that soon after Independence and the subsequent partition of the country, there were concerns that India with its diversity in language and religion may not survive. “But more than 70 years later, the country which was built on the basis of a religion was divided. However India still stands strong,” Roy said at the 15th Annual Conference-cum-Literary Meet of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad here on Saturday. “We are intact and we shall remain intact. That is our greatest strength,” the Meghalaya Governor added.
Although, Roy did not mention Pakistan but it was understood which country he was referring to.
It may be mentioned that after partition India declared itself a secular country while Pakistan became an Islamic country. Pakistan was further divided in 1971 when Bangladesh was born.
Roy also pointed out the ties that Manipur had with Shillong.
According to the Governor in the earlier days the Polo Grounds was maintained by the Maharaja of Manipur.
Reminding, the gathering of his childhood he spent in Shillong, Roy said that Polo Grounds then was full of greenery.
He also thanked the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Meghalaya for promoting Manipuri language in Meghalaya.
“I am sure many writers expressed many emotions and also acted as bridges between many cultures,” Roy said.
During the inaugural function of the literary meet, Tathagata Roy also released the souvenir “Mangal 2019”.