Agartala, April 06: Tripura government’s decision to host a dinner for G20 meeting delegates at the Durbar Hall of Ujjayanta Palace has sparked controversy and criticism. The Ujjayanta Palace, which was once the seat of the Tripura Manikya Dynasty, has been transformed into a museum since 2013.
The Durbar Hall is a historical and sacred place that has been respected for over 122 years in Tripura, according to MK Pragya Deb Burman, the Convenor of the Tripura chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
The two-day G20 event, which began on April 3, saw the participation of 150 delegates, including representatives from 12 G-20 members, such as China, the US, the UK, Australia, and Brazil.
Glimpses from the spectacular cultural evening held at iconic Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala in honour of the G20 delegates. It showcased the vibrant culture of Tripura. pic.twitter.com/rAuMLEvto8
— Prof.(Dr.) Manik Saha (@DrManikSaha2) April 3, 2023
However, the use of the Durbar Hall for entertainment or dining has been condemned by Burman, who highlighted that it was used for the Coronation of the Rulers of Tripura, which was religious in nature, and for critical, official purposes.
Burman criticized the state government for tarnishing the identity of the Durbar Hall and questioned their commitment to respecting India’s rich historic past and cultural heritage. She further stated that even when the Ujjayanta Palace was used as the state Assembly building, it was used for official purposes by the Speaker of the assembly.
The gleaming, white Ujjayanta Palace located in the capital city Agartala echoes the culture and heritage of Tripura. Do Visit.@AmritMahotsav @MinOfCultureGoI@tourismgoi@incredibleindia@MDoNER_India#G20SummitTripura pic.twitter.com/jE5ZmNuTrk
— MyGov Tripura (@mygovtripura) April 5, 2023
The criticism of the Tripura government’s decision to host the G20 dinner at the Durbar Hall of Ujjayanta Palace has sparked a debate on social media, with many users expressing their disappointment and concern over the lack of respect shown towards India’s cultural heritage.
India currently holds the presidency of the G20 from December 1, 2012, to November 30, 2023. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union. The discussion focuses on issues related to the global economy, international trade, and financial stability.
Tripura government’s decision to use the Durbar Hall of Ujjayanta Palace as the venue for the G20 dinner has stirred controversy and criticism from various quarters. The debate has raised questions about the importance of preserving India’s cultural heritage and respecting historical places.