The Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein at the capacity of President of the Tai Khamti Heritage and Literature Society (TKHLS) Chongkham attended as Royal Audience with Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Chitralada Palace in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. He was accompanied by his wife and former MLA Namsai Nang Sati Mein along with members and supporters of the World Tipitaka Foundation (WTF) Thailand.
The Deputy Chief Minister was part of the WTF to receive a Royal Audience at the palace event. He along with the members of WTF had a chance to Royal Audience with Her Royal Highness for 15 minutes who had spared her valuable time interacting with them.
Gladly recalling her visit to India in the year 2009, HRH spoke of her experience during her visit to one of the Tai Phake villages in Assam where she communicated regarding the cultural similarities and beliefs that still exists between the people of Thailand and Tai people residing in India despite centuries of separation. She informed that the identities, traditions and cultures of Tai people of India are very much similar to the people of Thailand.
The Deputy Chief Minister speaking on the occasion said, “it is truly significant honour and kindness for allowance of this royal audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Not only for myself but the entire Tai ethnic people of our region are greatly honoured by this invitation”. He further briefed HRH of the rich and vibrant culture and tradition of the Tai Khampti people of Namsai district and requested her to visit the State.
During the meeting, Dy CM presented the Tai Khamti edition of the Tipitakas and opined that this meeting would further strengthen the bonds and ties which exist between the people of Thailand and Tai people of India.
Earlier, the Dy CM was also invited to a luncheon to meet other members of the World Tipitika Project at the Eastin Grand Hotel Bangkok on October 30 last.