[lg policy] All you need to know about Meghalaya’s 1st Chief Minister, Williamson A. Sangma

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 11:04:58 EDT 2018


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*TNT News | October 25, 2018*

The state of Meghalaya, particularly the Garo Hills region today remembered
the first CM of the state, Capt Williamson Sangma, through various programs
organized in many places across the region on the occasion of his 28 death
anniversary. The former CM was remembered through grand functions held in
his honour across Garo Hills.

Here are facts you need to know about the first ever Chief Minister of
Meghalaya

***Williamson Ampang Sangma, a Garo leader, was the founding Chief Minister
of Meghalaya, twenty-first state in Indian Union on 21 January 1972. He was
also the first ever Governor of Mizoram among the Garos in 1989*

*** He along with Salseng C. Marak are the only Meghalaya Chief Minister’s
to complete full term of five years in office. He always represented
Baghmara assembly constituency, even after merging his political outfit in
Congress(I) party*

*** With prior military service, he entered political field in 1952, and
subsequently was elected as the Chief executive member of the Garo Hills
Autonomous District Council(GHADC)*

*** He being the first Chief executive member of Garo Hills Autonomous
District Council(GHADC), called a conference of the people of the
autonomous hill districts of then-Assam at Tura on 6–8 October 1954, to
consider the demand of a hill state*

*** In 1957, Sangma was elected to Assam Legislative Assembly. When the
Assamese language bill was passed in spite of opposition from tribal people
later, he resigned from the cabinet to fight for the cause of separate
statehood. W.A. Sangma resigned his cabinet post from the government in
protest against the official Assamese language policy adopted by the Assam
government*

*** In Meghalaya legislative assembly elections held in March 1972, after
the new state was established, regional parties secured majority, while
Congress secured nine seats out of total 60 seats in assembly. W.A. Sangma
of APHLC sworn in as its first Chief Minister with majority*

*** With realisation of Meghalaya as a state, it ultimately united the
areas of the Khasi, Jainta, and the Garo Hills under the leadership of
Williamson Sangma. He also made sure the Meghalaya Board of School
Education (MBOSE), which he considered to be of prime importance, was in
Garo Hills*

After his death in 1999, succeeding Government of Meghalaya honoured him by
naming several of public properties, including educational institutes on
his name.
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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