While providing the objects, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi wrote to Fr. Manoj, the Director: “I am writing to convey my warm thanks and appreciation of the willingness of the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) in Shillong to accept the donation of various artefacts and fabrics that have long been part of my family’s collection. Many of the items were gifted to Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi when they were Prime Ministers and also to me. The Don Bosco Museum houses a diverse and wonderful collection of the rich heritage of our north-eastern region. I have always had a special interest in tribal art and cultures and was fortunate to have inaugurated the Centre in March 2010. I am confident that it is the rightful home for these artefacts. I know they will be cared for and hope that they enrich the experience of visitors who come to the Centre.”
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Charles Pyngrope said, “Today, 28 January 2020, I feel privileged to inaugurate the new gallery which has been set up with the help of the objects donated by the Gandhi family to Don Bosco Museum. We are happy about the progress made by the museum and we wish the museum all the very best.” Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot blessed the new exhibition and wished Don Bosco Museum further growth and progress. Thanking the various guests present on the occasion, the Director, Fr. Manoj said, “Progress is travelling on in life and getting stronger every day. Don Bosco Museum thanks everyone present on the occasion and all those who accompany it in its journey of progress. I place on record the Museum’s gratitude to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and all others who are instrumental in making this exhibition possible.” The new exhibition is found on the ground floor of the museum.