In a development that has sparked controversy, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Tripura Chapter, a non-governmental organization operating in the state of Tripura, has voiced its strong disapproval of the utilization of the historic Durbar Hall at the Ujjayanta Palace State Museum for the high-profile G-20 Summit Dinner that took place on April 3. The INTACH Tripura Chapter’s decision to speak out against the use of the Durbar Hall has drawn attention to the need for greater sensitivity and consideration in the utilization of historical sites, and has sparked a wider debate about the importance of preserving cultural heritage for future generations. The Convenor of INTACH Tripura Chapter, M.K. Pragya Deb Burman, issued a statement condemning the state government’s decision to use the historical and sacred Durbar Hall for entertainment.
The organization is disappointed that a sacred space is being used for private parties, which is disrespectful to the region’s heritage and customary religious practices and rites. However, with this recent disrespectful attitude towards the historic space, the organization fears the worst and is asking the state government of Tripura to honour the significance of the historic spaces and give them the dignity they deserve.