Sachin Tendulkar has donated Rs 25 lakh to a tribal Buddhist community in Karbi Anglong district for the construction of a boy’s hostel. Karbi Anglong Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate), Mukul Gogoi received the donation. A letter and a cheque was received from the District Magistrate, Mumbai who sent it on behalf of the former cricketer.
The two-storey hostel will be built near Manja. The students of the Man-Tai or Shyam community will be benefitted by the construction of the hostel. The hostel will be able to accommodate around 50-60 boarders. It will be maintained by Manja Monastery Management Committee. Several State Governments and individuals from outside Assam have also expressed their willingness to help in the construction of a Buddhist cultural centre, watch tower, library etc in the district.
Who are the Man-Tais?
The Man-Tais are Buddhists by religion with roots in Thailand. An estimated 20,000 Man-Tais in India are scattered mostly in Assam’s Jorhat, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong districts. They migrated to the State in the 16th-17th century crossing the Patkai hills. They have been recognized as Scheduled Tribes (Hills) and listed as Man-Tai speaking people by the Assam Government.