Agartala: Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Tuesday unveiled a coffee table book titled ‘Glimpses of Tripura’s Development since 1949’, published by the state government.
Highlighting development initiatives by the elected government after princely Tripura merged with the Indian union on October 15, 1949, Dev Varma said the growth of development of the state was not at the expected pace so far due to improper orientation of the government.
“The kings of Tripura had built most of the infrastructure whatever is functional today but improvement, renovation, and modernization of the roads, buildings, and utility services were below average under communist and congress rule till 2018,” Dev Varma underlined.
He pointed out that after the BJP-led government came to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the guiding force for the Tripura government, which was absent in Congress and the UPA regime.
Naturally, the state has been given equal opportunities and support like other states and helped immensely with the improvement of infrastructure.
Unfortunately, after 73 years of the merger, Tripura didn’t have proper documentation or publication about the journey from monarchy to democracy and the role of the royal palace in the overall development of Tripura beyond narrow interests, Dev Varma said, who also belongs to the Tripura royal family.
“Documentation is very important and history is always misinterpreted without proper documentation. We have seen how histories with different colors are being presented in the state and the history of the royal era has been misinterpreted,” Dev Varma stated.
He said, earlier there was a conflict between regional aspiration and national level planning but now-a-day we are complementing each other for nation-building. But, distortion of history is not nation-building; rather demolition of history is the demolition of society.
Describing the history of the spectacular transition of the state from 1949 till date would be very useful to all the readers to know a lot about the small and beautiful state of Tripura, he said adding, “We are always open to any suggestion for improvement in any field—be it politics, administrative or development. We welcome constructive criticism.”
Stressing on the vision of the present government in Tripura, Deputy Chief Minister said, “Our government always thinks of development, it is a chain activity and reaction. This book significantly focuses on the king’s rule for the development of Tripura and the journey onwards under democratic governments.”