Agartala: A tribal body today opposed a
resolution adopted in the Tripura Assembly on renaming of
Agartala airport after Rabindranath Tagore and demanded that
it be renamed after the last tribal king of the state.
"We want the airport to be renamed after Maharaja Bir
Bikram Kishore Manikya, who built the airport, and also
designed it during World War II," Tripura Tribal Professional
Students Association (TTPSA) Convenor Sunil Kalai told a press
Kalai said the King of Tripura had acknowledged the
greatness of Tagore even before the entire world came to know
about him and helped him in many ways.
The Tripura legislators were also disrespecting the
royal family for whom Tagore also had highest regard, he
The recent resolution in the assembly had hurt the
sentiments of the indigenous people of the state and several
tribal social bodies had opposed it, he said.
Kalai said, many tribal bodies have taken up the issue
of renaming the airport with the Governor.
Opposition Congress legislator Sudip Roy Burman had
proposed renaming of the airport after Tagore, which was
supported by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
The lone legislator from the opposition Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) in the 60-member House,
Bijoy Hrankhawl had, however, opposed had the proposal.