On July 22, 2017, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh and hoped that it would serve as a place of exchange of cultural values of various tribes of the state and the North East.
- Rijiju emphasised on documentation and research to preserve age-old culture and traditions of the state and exhorted people to shoulder the responsibility to pass on traditional and cultural values to the next generation.
- Arunachal Pradesh State Art & Culture Minister, Mohesh Chai said that according to UNESCO report there are 32 languages in Arunachal Pradesh that are on the verge of extinction and the state government is initiating programmes and policies to find out and to revive those minor and major tribal languages.
- On the sideline of his visit to Roing, Mr. Rijiju also inaugurated the 235-meter long Chimari Bridge, which would serve as a life line between the National Highway 52 of Roing-Tezu. The bridge has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation(BRO).
RIWATCH is located in Roing, Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, under the auspices of International Center of Cultural Studies(ICCS) USA.
- It was established with an objective to research and document the rich cultural heritage of North East of India in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular and find out the commonalities among the different ethnic communities from all over the world.
- It also provides common platform to build Arunachalee societies from within, empowering them socially, economically and culturally.
- RIWATCH has been registered as Society under Societies Registration Act 1860.
Quick Facts about Arunachal Pradesh:
- Capital: Itanagar
- Current Chief Minister: Pema Khandu
- Current Governor: Padmanabha Acharya