By- Staff Reporter | Date- March 21, 2012
In year 2008, The UNESCO had rejected the appeal to include Majuli in its coveted list citing reasons that the complete list of the surviving Satras of Majuli was missing. In 2010, when Majuli was rejected again, UNESCO stated reason that the Universal Value of the site was not mentioned in the documents. Now, in 2012, for an embarrassing third time in a row, UNESCO has rejected Majuli as a World Heritage Site stating the reason it had cited back in 2008. This time the rejection was on Technical Grounds, stating that the submitted documents didn’t carry a list of the Vaishnavite monasteries called Satras, – case of repeated mistake of incomplete documentation.
It is to be mentioned that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a Rajya Sabha candidate from Assam, had recommended to the Cultural Ministry to include Majuli, world’s largest freshwater island in the UNESCO heritage sites. As such, an advisory panel was set up as well. The advisory panel was chaired by former Union tourism secretary Sujit Banerjee and Conservation architect Shikha Jain was its member secretary. Other 10 members also included reputed names such as Amitabh Kant of the Incredible India fame and former Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Director General C. Babu Rajeev. However all of them failed.
Either Kumari Selija’s Cultural Ministry is incompetent or completely apathetic to the heartbeats of the people of Assam for whom it was an honour much awaited but declined due to sheer carelessness. Majuli, the Pride of Assam to the world is now a word that describes incompetence of the Government of India, a true embarrassment indeed.