Goodwill conclave to foster peace in border areas
DIMAPUR, MARCH 28
IN an attempt to foster peace and tranquility between the people of Assam and Nagaland, a goodwill conclave was held at Selenghat in Jorhat district today. The conclave was organized by a conglomeration of 20 villagers in the foothills of border areas in memory of Sati Joymoti, the wife of legendary Ahom King Godadhor Hingha.The Border Peace Coordination Committee (Assam-Nagaland) took a proactive role in the conclave for effective coordination amongst the people of the two states.
Vice president of BPCC (A-N) Imsu Jamir led the delegation comprising executives from both the sides.
Due to some unwarranted situation in the Ahom kingdom during 1680s, Sati Joymoti, sensing trouble, persuaded her husband Godadhar Hingha (the eligible king) to go on exile and take shelter in the Naga Hills. In order to find his whereabouts, the kingdom’s army arrested Godadhar’s wife Sati Joymoti and tortured her in the infamous “Jerenga Pathar” near Rongpur in Sivasagar. She died there after 18 days of torture by the army. On knowing his beloved wife’s fate, Godadhar came to see her in disguise with his Naga friends but Sati Joymoti on recognising him pleaded to run away before the army gets him.
Thereafter Godadhar Hingha lived with the Nagas in different ranges in the Naga Hills for nearly two and half years when he befriended many Nagas. Later, he became the Ahom king and married a Naga woman from Tanghai village in Mon district of Nagaland and made her queen. Godadhar Hingha emphasised on good relations between Ahoms and Nagas and was regarded the best king amongst all the Ahom kings. He established good relations with Naga people and turned the ferocious warriors from neighbourhood to brotherhood.
In his goodwill message, Imsu Jamir exhorted the gathering to imbibe the good relations that existed between the people more than four centuries ago. The Nagas, even today, remember the fond memoirs that existed with the Godadhar king and his subjects.
When the king was in exile in the then Naga Hills, the Naga people extended all needed logistics to him and his followers in order to regain his kingdom.
Jamir, therefore, appealed to all citizens of the either side of the border to uphold the age-old good relations and vow for peace and tranquility for all round development in the border region.
The meeting was attended by a large number of people from around 20 villages from the border areas.