7th May 2022 06:05:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Taba Tedir while speaking at the valedictory function of North East Festival a couple days ago made an important observation which needs to be worked upon so that a golden opportunity is not missed.
Tedir had asked the committee to carry out more research and documentation on unsung heroes from the state as currently only Matmur Jamoh has been identified. 
In September last year, the Arunachal Pradesh government constituted a committee to carry out research on the contribution of those who fought against the British as the government decided to come out with a document on freedom fighters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the state.
Arunachal has a rich history but the lack of research and documentation has led to its loss. The present generation today is far removed from its history and roots due to this vacuum. 
British accounts, their official correspondence, Missionary writings and other documents found in the archives reveal many engagements with the British Government.  Other documents also depict the four Anglo-Abor wars, Wancho engagements with the British at Ninu and other engagements of the Nyishis, Singphos, Akas etc. 
Arunachal’s tableau this Republic Day is on the ‘Anglo-Abor Wars’ which showcases the indomitable spirit of the Adis who thwarted British attempts to annex their land. Across the Siang belt, the acts of valour of these unsung heroes are narrated and reflected upon with respect and amazement. You will not read about them in history books but they are legends in every sense of the word.
The research and documentation of unsung heroes of Arunachal Pradesh is a golden opportunity which must not be missed. With the help of such documents, we must rewrite our own history and make it known to the world. The decision of the Arunachal Pradesh government is truly commendable as never before has such an attempt been made to research and document the indigenous side of history. By doing so, our unsung heroes will be immortalised in history books and generations will read and know about their courageous acts.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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