Mr. Ravi Burman, President of The Old Students Association, Hindu College Delhi, said that “To enjoy the beautiful state and the tranquil environment of Tawang, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Mr. Pema Khandu had invited the Hinduites for the OSA, Hindu College Alumni get-together at Tawang & to launch the North East Chapter of the OSA Hindu College. We had a phenomenal trip to Tawang, and the Hospitality of HCM Pema Khandu & his Team was amazing. The arrangements made for the get-together were impeccable.
On the First day of the trip, Hinduites discovered Arunachal Pradesh’s tourist gem, the Tawang Monastery. Built in 1680, it is the 2nd Oldest Monastery in the World. An 18-feet Buddha statue seated in a lotus position adorns the three-story shrine whose walls are painted with murals of divinity and Buddhist saints. After visiting the serene Monastery, The HCM personally took us in the evening to pay our deepest respect to the war heroes at Tawang War Memorial also known as Namgyal Chorten, which was erected in memory of 2420 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the 1962 war. The night saw a fun-filled Bonding Dinner at The HCM’s brothers Residence.
On the 2nd Day, The HCM took us for a drive to Bum La on the Indo China Border. We enjoyed spending time with the brave Indian Army Jawans of Bihar Regiment at Bumla Pass. “भारत माता की जय” और “वंदे मातरम” के नारों से गूंज उठी बुम ला! बिहार रेजिमेंट के जवानों के साथ आज भारत चीन सीमा में!
After that, we also paid homage and respect to 1962 war hero Param Vir Chakra recipient Subedar Joginder Singh at his memorial at Bumla. This was followed by a visit to the famous Madhuri Lake and spending time at a Nomadic Village with the Yak Herding Nomads at PTSO Lake.
On 26th of October, the 6th edition of The astounding Tawang Festival began with much pomp and show; the festival had a myriad of events and activities which introduced visitors to its culture & tribes. This year the festival was themed on the environment & nature. All of us found ourselves amidst a plethora of beautiful colors and traditions at The Street Parade of the Festival.
In the evening at Zomkhang Hall (Circuit House), Tawang Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Mr. Pema Khandu officially launched the North-East Chapter of the Old Students’ Association, Hindu College. The President OSA nominated Hinduites Mr. Pasang D Sona. MLA (Mechuka constituency), Arunachal Pradesh and Mr. Debojeet Thaosen from Assam as The Convenor & Joint Secretary of the OSA North East Chapter. Speaking at the launch of the North East chapter of (OSA) at Tawang, Imtiaz Ali said, “Arunachal offers some of the promising locations for film shooting with its breathtakingly beautiful and scenic landscapes.” All the alumni then attended the Tawang Festival Concert as Guests of the HCM.
In a tweet Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu expressed “A memorable get together with Hindu College alumni at Tawang under the banner of OSA Hindu College. Hope you all will have a comfortable stay and go back with wonderful memories of Tawang, its people & culture.”
The Alumni also visited the Dorjee Khandu Memorial Museum, The Sangestar Tso Lake (Madhuri Lake), Panga Teng Tso lake, maternal home of His Holiness the Sixth Dalai Lama at Bekhar & Audung Village, Tawang.
The alumni who participated in the four-day-long event included – Mr. Imtiaz Ali Bollywood film director, producer, and writer; Ms. Latika Thukral, (Nari Shakti Awardee) Co-Founder, I am Gurgaon; Mr. Sanjay Singh, Resident Director, Tata Sons; Mr. D. S. Bains, IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission; Mr. M K Venu, Founding Editor-The Wire; Mr. Kuldeep Dhingra, Chairman, Berger Paints, Mr. Kewal Khosla; Mr. Pradeep Bhagat; Mr. Sandeep Garg, Ms. Shahana Basu, Director – Legal & Regulatory Affairs at Max India Limited; Mr. Sharad Arora, Managing Director, Sensorise Digital Services; Mr. Ashwani Sagar Dhawan, President & CEO at A4A Hospitality Services; Mr. J.B.S. Negi, General Manager, Public Relations, Airport Authority of India; Mr. Arun Khanna, MD – Fast Foods; Mr. Mukul Bawa, Senior Lawyer Delhi High Court; Mr. G.S Meena, Commissioner (Power,Hydro Power, Law & Justice, Vigilance, Indigenous Affairs), Arunachal Pradesh; Mr. Pasang D Sona. MLA (Mechuka constituency), Arunachal Pradesh; Mr. Sonam Chombay, IRS, Secretary to HCM Arunachal Pradesh; Mr. Abu Tayeng, APCS General Manager APSTS, Arunachal Pradesh; Mr. Nalong Mize; Mr. Basanta Naorem; Mr. Togo Basar; Mr. Arun Singh Soubam; Mr. Debojeet Thaosen & others.
Mr. Ravi Burman felicitated “India’s youngest Chief Minister, Mr. Pema Khandu, who hails from Gyangkhar village under Tawang district & Graduated in History Hons. From Hindu College, Delhi University, in the year 2000. In April of this year, the OSA Hindu College conferred its Prestigious 16th OSA Distinguished Alumni Award on him for “Excellence in Public Service.”