The Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF), 302 Action Committee, All Arunachal Anti Corruption Society and All Tawang Youth Association have appealed to the State Government to postpone the Tawang Festival scheduled to be held from October 21-23.
What is the Tawang Festival all about?
Tawang Festival was introduced in 2012 as a tourism festival after celebration of Buddha Mahotsova since 2004. Apart from showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state, the festival also promotes adventure tourism, all together showcasing the vast tourism potential of the region. It’s the festival, where one will not only witness the rich culture of Monpas but also of all other tribes of the state Arunachal Pradesh.
Reason for seeking cancellation
The organizations are seeking the postponement to the festivities as a mark of respect to former Chief Minister Late Kalikho Pul, police officer Late Bomto Kamdak, who died in the line of duty in Seppa and other people who died in May 2 Tawang firing incident and natural calamities in Tawang and other districts in recent past.
In a representation to the Chief Minister on Tuesday, the organisations also alleged that in the past also the festival was organized disrespecting the people’s sentiment on demise of former Tourism Minister Late Rev. Tsona Gontse Rinpoche.
Does the Tawang Festival benefit Arunachal Pradesh?
Tawang Festival neither benefits the tourism sector nor does local public in terms of income, they said while alleging that Government vehicles, infrastructure and funds are being misused in the name of organizing the festival.
Raising question on use of fund in the festival, the Federation said that most of the festival works are done with the help of Government departments and army personnel. Moreover, the people are forced to suffer as the Government officials are being engaged in festival celebration.
Source- All Tawang Youth Association (ATYA) (Facebook Page)