Kharkongor suggests ‘digital museum’ for unsung heroes like Tirot Sing where there will be virtual and augmented reality

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Meghalaya News 24 Special

In this era of internet and digitalisation, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya F. R. Kharkongor, have suggested to have a kind of digital museum of the unsung heroes of Meghalaya like Tirot Sing Syiem become more alive in the virtual world.

“… We should not depend only on colonial history, there should be efforts in making Tirot Sing more alive in us through maybe a kind of a digital museum where there will be virtual reality, augmented reality, so that young people who are so exposed to internet and multimedia can have a sense of Tirot Sing coming alive and they can experience his struggle and experience his life, how with limited resources he rise to the challenge,” Kharkongor said.

He stresses on the need to present before the present and future generations the sacrifices made by Tirot Sing.

 Further, while highlighting the need to revisit the history of U Tirot Sing, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya F. R. Kharkongor has urged upon young minds to take up more research work and build a digital repository with rich materials so as to get a 360perspective on what U Tirot Sing represented and what he stood for.

“I would like to urge our young people here and also others to think about doing more research on Tirot Sing, building a digital repository with rich materials and resources so that we get a 360 degree perspective of who Tirot Sing Syiem was and what he meant,” Kharkongor said while attending a official programme on the occasion of 186th Death Anniversary of U Tirot Sing.

Stating that the narratives about U Tirot Sing have come mainly from British colonial sources, he acknowledges the work of Dr. David R. Syiemlieh who helped us know more about Tirot Sing.

“Better die an independent king than reign as the vassal”. These were the immortal words of resoluteness of U Tirot Sing Syiem, who chose to take on the might of the British and sacrificed his life defending the freedom of his territory.

The Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with the Meghalaya Model United Nations today organised a wreath laying ceremony in front of the statue of U Tirot Sing at Fire Brigade Ground, Shillong in commemoration of the 186th Death Anniversary of U Tirot Sing.

Paying homage to the sacrifice and valour of U Tirot Sing who valiantly led a revolt against colonial rule, the progamme was also held as part of the “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav ”, celebrating 75 years of India’s Independence.

Speaking as the Chief Guest on the occasion, F. R. Kharkongor, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya, reminded the gathering about the supreme sacrifice of U Tirot Sing and other freedom fighters of the Anglo khasi War.

The tribal resistance led by U Tirot Sing and other unsung heroes like Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Snagma  formed an integral part of the rich narrative of tribal resistance which in actuality was a precursor to the Indian National movement, he said.