A team of National Monuments Authority will visit ancient monuments, especially those bordering Tibet-China region of Arunachal Pradesh, between 14th to 18th June, 2022. The team will also meet local tribal leaders to find out places of indigenous faith which connect Arunachal Pradesh with other parts of the nation through legends and verbal history. The team of NMA will comprise of the two members Shri Hemraj Kamdar and Prof Kailash Rao, in addition to Chairman Shri Tarun Vijay.
Shri Tarun Vijay said that Arunachal Pradesh has lagged behind in the area of heritage protection and enlisting of new monuments in Centrally Protected list of national archaeological sites. The stream of the local indigenous faiths and their monuments, tangible and intangible heritage connecting them to the western most coast in Gujarat and other parts of India has remained relatively unnoticed and unrecognized. In order to strengthen the cultural threads woven around the legacy of Rukmani an annual yatra from Arunachal to Porbandar in Gujarat has already been initiated a few years ago.
The team of NMA will meet village elders and leaders of various tribes, each of them have fascinating stories about Dharma and cultural connect through ancient monuments with mainland India. A report will be submitted to Minister of Culture and the Prime Minister, suggesting new additions in the list of Centrally Protected Monuments and identifying cultural tourism sites that strengthen national unity in the context of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Shri Tarun Vijay disclosed. The Parushuram Kund, Bhishmaknagar, Bhalukpong and Tawang are a few indigenous sites of archaeological importance which connect Arunachal Pradesh with Gujarat, Goa, Kerala and the Yadava community, he said.