Major Ralengnao Bob Khating, who played a key role in the inclusion of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, was honoured for the first time. The foundation stone of a memorial was laid here in his name. Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Retd) BD Mishra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conard Sangma, Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju and Khating’s family were also present on the occasion.
While a political assistant to the North East Frontier Agency (now Arunachal Pradesh) of the East, Khating undertook a major operation in the fifth decade of the last century under the direct supervision of the then Governor of Assam, Jairamdas Daulatram, to induct Tawang into the Indian Union. Rijiju said that the contribution of this hero of Tawang can never be forgotten. Khating, which had been neglected for so many years, has now got proper recognition.