‘Williamson’s Town’  [Simsanggre]  Town, Meghalaya

Williamson Ampang Sangma (1919 – 1990), a Garo leader, was a pioneer in the struggle for Meghalaya state and its founding Chief Minister. 

He was born in Baghmara and fought his whole life for the rights and autonomy of tribal hills people, stressing how different their languages and culture were to those of the plains people.

Williamnagar is a new town built in 1976 on the site of the old village of Simsanggre on the banks of the Simsang/Someshwari  River. It is the HQ of the East Garo Hills district.

 

Simsang Winter Festival, Williamnagar            Vishma thapa