GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Assam is known for its peaceful co-existence and age-old friendship, bonhomie and universal brotherhood that exist among the people belonging to Barak, Brahmaputra, hills and plains and this unity is inherited from Swargodeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha.
Speaking at the Siu-Ka-Pha Divas, popularly known as Asom Divas, centrally organised at Jorhat by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs in association with district administration Jorhat, Sonowal emphatically said that inspired and influenced by the ideals and philosophy of Siu-Ka-Phathe State Government is working to strengthen the edifice of ‘bor-Asom’. He said that Siu-Ka-Pha, way back in 13th century, felt the necessity of integrating so many communities to make a strong and powerful society, and based on his ideals the BJP-led government has envisioned Sabka Saath Sabka Vikash to lend dignity to every individual and help them to contribute to make a strong nation.
He also said that Swargadeo Siu-Ka-Pha also worked to forge strong and friendly relations with other geographical entities which hold tremendous importance even today. He also said that the Act East Policy enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also follows Siu-Ka-Pha’s ideals to make friendly bilateral relations with ASEAN and BBN countries. He also said that in this context, Assam can play a great role following the teachings of Siu-Ka-Pha.
Chief Minister Sonowal, according to a press release, said, “Strength of Assam lies in its unity. However, some vested interest groups to fulfill their evil agenda are hell-bent to create divisions in our society. The Government of Assam is steadfast in its objective to strengthen the age-old unity that exists in the state and working relentlessly to defeat the evil design of all the divisive forces coming on the way to make a strong and vibrant Assam”.