Even after 4 years of construction, the Tharu Museum has not been operational. Locals have complained that the museum in Vijayanagar-2, Lehraila of the district could not be put into operation.
The museum established in the year 2076 has not yet been put into operation. The museum, which is connected with the existence of Singa Tharu community, was built at a cost of 37 lakhs, but it is found to be neglected. The leader of the village (barghar) Rudra Narayan Tharu said that even though he had tried many times in the ward, rural municipality, and other offices for the operation of the museum, they had not given a chance.
He complained that despite the construction of all the structures of the museum, it could not be put into operation. Rudra claimed that because Tharu could not start the museum, he could not bring in internal tourism and speed up the publicity. He said that if tourism can be introduced, economic growth and employment will also be created. Tharu also claimed that the said museum is connected with Tharu’s identity and needs to be protected.
Similarly, the former leader (Barghar) Krishna Bahadur Tharu requested that the Tharu Museum, which was constructed at the expense of lakhs of rupees, be put into operation soon. He said that since the Tharu community has a different identity than other communities, it will be easier for the new generation to collect historical material. He said that the country’s head will be high if we can save the lost jewelry Guria, handicraft dhakia, peshak, dehri, paiva and traditional culture and lifestyle.
On the other hand, the village vice president Laxmikumari Chaudhary said that she has repeatedly requested the villagers to form a protection committee. She said that she has also taken initiatives with the rural municipality and the provincial government for the operation of the museum.
Chaudhary claimed that since a committee could not be formed to operate the museum, there was no budget allocation and that she was taking initiatives in the relevant bodies. There is a possibility of becoming a tourist destination by collecting the historical and ancestral materials reflecting the identity of the Tharu caste and keeping them in the museum.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary