Bishops from Northeast led a memorial service on June 28 in remembrance of the 'Apostle of Arunachal', known popularly as Prem Bhai. His selfless service and mission among the people of Arunachal over the years, made him a favourite of many.
Following the memorial service, a public meeting was held to mark the tenth death anniversary of Prem Bhai, in which the Chief Minister of the state, Pema Khandu and former CM Nabam Tuki participated.
“Prem Bhai taught us about not only religion (Christianity) but also humanity. Earlier we could hardly forgive and were bent on taking revenge cutting even people into pieces,” remembered Nabam Rebia, Minister for Environment and Forest.
“Because of him, our people have changed. He opened the eyes of our society. He is surely an inspiration for the entire humanity,” she added.
CM Pema Khandu offered “glowing tribute” to Prem Bhai, whom he described as someone “not less than a saint”, and went onto say that Prem Bhai, “wearing tire slipper, travelled to village after village with love for the people and with message of harmony and good relations.”
“Prem Bhai brought about change in the attitude of the people. He told them to give up revenge and avoid clashes between different tribal groups,” he said. The CM even announced a contribution of around Rs. 1 million, for a shrine to be set up in Prem Bhai's name at his burial site.