By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal(Manipur), Aug 13 : To commemorate and pay respects to the freedom fighters and martyrs of the State who sacrificed their lives during the Anglo-Manipur war, the 127th Patriots’ Day was observed at different districts today, where floral tributes were paid to the Patriots .
The Main function was observed at Bir Tikendrajit Park here in memory of all the patriots who laid down their lives for the freedom of Manipur .
The State Government has been observing the Patriots’ Day every year on August 13 since 1970 in memory of the Manipuri patriots who were hung to death by British colonial rulers on August 13, 1891 .
Governor of Manipur Dr Najma A Heptulla who attended the function lamented that Manipur is now facing a plethora of issues and needs to be resolved at the earliest otherwise Manipur would never be able to join the international race for development and progress.
She recalled how Manipur fought valiantly against mighty British forces, fully knowing that they had no chance of winning the war. The war fought by Manipuri people who valued freedom more than their own lives showed the valour and indomitable spirit of Manipuri people.
On the false charge of waging war against the British empire, altogether 22 patriots including then king Maharaj Kullachandra were exiled to Kalapani . Moreover, Yubraj Tikendrajit, General Thangal, Pukhramba Kajao, Niranjan Subedar and Chirai Naga were hung to death separately . “I salute all the known and unknown patriots who laid down their lives for the cause of the motherland”, Dr Najma said . All sections of people needs to join hands and work collectively to resolve all the outstanding issues and this would be the best tribute one can pay to the patriots, she added .
The Patriots’ Day was also attended by Ministers, MLAs, top ranking civil and police officials .
The Governor and the Chief Minister paid obeisance to the patriots at Hicham Yaicham Pat and Kangla Uttra. They also paid floral tributes to the martyrs at Sahid Minar .