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Something profound

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

-Mother Teresa

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

BALAPARA TANK

Balapara Tank is situated about three kilometers north from Garobadha. This at present is a fishery pond of about one acre in area and nearly 12 feet deep. It looks as if the tank has been built by man, it has no outward link with any natural stream. The legend is that during the early period of Koch Kings there were several invasions of the Koch Kingdom by the Muslim Kings and Moghuls On one of such invasions the Koch King got the tank excavated, put all the royal treasures in an iron chest and kept the chest hidden in the water of the tank suspended with iron chain fastened with a tree on the bank. After annexation of Garo Hills District into the British territory one of the English Deputy Commissioners made an attempt to pull out the chest with the help of an elephant but could not succeed as the chain got broken and the chest remained hidden completely.

In the year 1974-75 Betasing Development Block took up improvement and re-excavation of the tank under crash scheme of the Block not with an archaeological interest but purely as development programme in order to convert into a fishery tank. Mythical belief and fear was so deep rooted in the heart of the people that no worker readily agreed to get into the tank and dig out the earth from it. It was only after performing a Puja that some courageous laborers started the work. During the excavation, one stone image of Lord Krishna and pieces of earthen posts of old design were discovered which were handed over to the Deputy Commissioner, Garo Hills. It is stated that in the middle of the tank there is circular cavity into which no workman could enter because of its being too muddy and marshy. As the objective of the excavation was for a fishery tank no further digging was done beyond the depth of 10’ to 12’ feet. The tank and its treasure still remain a mystery.