The controversial Miya museum was sealed by local authorities. On October 23, the museum was opened in Dapkarbhita, in the Lakhipur area of Goalpara district. It houses antiques from the Miya community. The administration today sealed the Mia Museum, which was inaugurated on October 25 in Goalpara. According to the Goalpara District Deputy Commissioner’s order, the PMAY-G house of Mohr Ali, son of Somesh Ali of the district’s Dopkarvita Lakhipur village, has been sealed until further orders by the administration.
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The Assam Chief Minister also stated that those involved in the establishment of the Miya museum in Goalpara district will be investigated.
According to CM Sarma, the management of the Miya museum will be grilled about the items on display at the museum that actually belong to Assamese culture.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also stated that if the management of the Miya museum fails to provide satisfactory answers, legal action will be taken against it.
The Assam chief minister also hinted at a possible attempt to take Assamese culture hostage by establishing the Miya museum.
“All of the items on display at the Miya museum are used by the Assamese people.” “The plough items used for catching fish all belong to the Assamese community,” the Assam CM said, implying a possible attempt to take Assamese culture hostage.
Assam | What’s new in it? Tools & equipment kept there belong to Assamese people except for ‘Lungi’. They must prove to govt that ‘Nangol’ is used only by Miya people & not others, otherwise case will be registered: CM on inauguration of private Miya Museum in Goalpara district pic.twitter.com/GPD3hrkKRo
— ANI (@ANI) October 25, 2022
Only lungi (a multi-colored men’s skirt typically connected around the lower waist below the navel) is an item on display at the museum that actually belongs to the Miya community, according to Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sherman Ali Ahmed, a Congress MLA, proposed the museum in 2020. He had asked the state government to set it up at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, a cultural heritage centre in Guwahati.
He had stated that the museum would reflect the culture and heritage of the communities living on Assam’s char-chaporis (sandbars or river islands).