Deputy CM receives handwritten documents on the “Khamti rebellion of 1839”
The Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Arunachal Pradesh – Chowna Mein on Sunday received the first batch of collections of handwritten documents on the “Khamti Rebellion of 1839” and related incidents documented by the British.
These precious documents were collected from the British Library in London by the secretary member of the “Unsung Heroes of Arunachal Pradesh” sub-committee – Nepha Wangsa.
Taking to Twitter, Mein wrote, “Delighted to receive the first batch of collections of hand written documents on the ‘Khamti Rebellion of 1839’ and related incidents recorded by the British. These precious documents are collected at the British Library in London by Mr. @nepha_wsa who works hard at it.”
Delighted to receive the first batch of collections of hand written documents on the ‘Khamti Rebellion of 1839’ and related incidents recorded by the British.
— Chowna Mein (@ChownaMeinBJP) June 12, 2022
Working under HDCM has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream to the fullest. It is a heartwarming moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life. https://t.co/Gct84tx4UW
—Nepha Wangsa (@nepha_wsa) June 13, 2022
It should be noted that the Tai Khamti-British War of 1839 may well be India’s first war of independence; claimed by DCM of Arunachal Pradesh – Chowna Mein.
During the battle in question, a total of 80 British soldiers as well as Colonel Adam White were killed by the Tai Khamtis.
Mein earlier remarked on the four Anglo-Aboriginal wars fought by the Adi tribe in 1858, 1859, 1894 and 1911 and the Wancho-British war, known as the ‘Ninu massacre’, at Ninu in the district of Tirap in 1875.
He mentioned earlier that the country should include stories of the freedom struggles in the northeastern regions, in books published by the National Council for Educational Research and Training.
“Unfortunately, the battles waged by tribal peoples for independence from colonial rule are nowhere reflected in the books of Indian history,” he said.