Purohit asks Britain to return treasure

Assam governor Banwarilal Purohit today requested the British deputy high commissioner, Calcutta, Bruce Bucknell, to do the needful for returning Vrindavani Vastra, a 16th century treasure, to Assam.

By A staff reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 18.03.17
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British deputy high commissioner, Calcutta, Bruce Bucknell meets Assam governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, March 17: Assam governor Banwarilal Purohit today requested the British deputy high commissioner, Calcutta, Bruce Bucknell, to do the needful for returning Vrindavani Vastra, a 16th century treasure, to Assam.

The British envoy, who is on a tour of Assam, called on the governor at Raj Bhavan here this morning and talked about a wide spectrum of issues. Purohit drew Bucknell's attention to the Vrindavani Vastra (a drape woven by Assamese weavers during the 16th century under the guidance of the Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Xankardev) in Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and sought his help in getting the drape back.

Purohit said the state is rich in Eri and Muga silk, and handloom and bamboo craft, among others, and that Assam and Britain can promote them so that both the geographical entities can reap rich dividends from these sectors.

Bucknell hailed Assam's tourism and said it could be extensively used to facilitate people-to-people contact between India and Britain.

Purohit acknowledged the envoy's gesture of visiting Assam and said both the countries would keep working to strengthen bilateral relations.

Bucknell also called on chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the latter's office in Assam secretariat today and discussed various issues of mutual interest.

He informed Sonowal that he had visited the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) in Guwahati and that Britain could help the state in imparting quality skill training to the youths of the state.

Sonowal said Britishers were the first to usher in oil industry in the state with Digboi oil refinery and that oil majors like British Petroleum and other big industrial players of Britain must be encouraged to invest in the state.

He also urged Bucknell to play a key role in bringing potential investors to participate in the investment summit to be held in the state later this year.