By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal(Manipur) , Sept 30 : Irabot Ningsing Pangba Lup , a committee formed by Socialist Students’ Union of Manipur , (SSUM) Manipur Proletariat Peoples’ Democratic Union and Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur (POFM) today organised 122nd Birth Anniversary at Thangmeiband THAU Ground here in Imphal.
General Secretary of SSUM in his speech slammed the government of Manipur over the refusal to grant permission for a peace rally as a mark of respect to the pioneer leader. He said , It is an insult to the leader Lamyanba Hijam Irabot.
March past, cultural shows and paying of floral tribute to the portrait of Hijam Irabot marked the day.
Th. Kiran Kumar IAS, Director Education (S) and Chairman BOSEM, Prof. L. Ranbir Singh. MS JNIMS, A Kenedy Singh principal IPS, Renu Takhellambam , President EEVFAM, S Sumati Devi Secy. All Manipur Guardian Association, Comrade M. Meghachandra Singh President MPPDU, Com. S. Yaima Meitei, President in charge SSUM, Com N Sarjubala Devi President PoFM, Com S. Bijayanty Devi Co- Convenor SWA Manipur and Com Atif Anik , President revolutionary students’ youth movement of Bangladesh attended the function as dignitaries on the dais.
Speakers on the occasion recalled the activities and revolutionary life of Hijam Irabot.
Prof. L. Ranbir MS JNIMS while said that the quality of a person is known only after his death. Irabot was also a lyricist. He had a deep faith in the revolutionary potential of the toiling masses and his ideas affected the thoughts and feelings of every progressive Manipuri of the time. His poems and songs called on the people to unite, to free the country from colonial yoke. Irabot also acted in Bengali plays (1915-20) and played the role of ‘Kumud’ in the first historical play in Manipuri, ‘Nara Singh’, in the year 1925.
Renu of EEVFAM called on people to fulfill the dream of Hijam Irabot. Unity is what he dreamt , said Renu.
Hijam Irabot Singh was born to Hijam Ibungohal and Chongtham Chanu Thambalngambi on Sept 30th , 1896 at Pishumthong, Oinam Leikai in Imphal, Manipur. He lost his father while he was still a little child and his mother had to shift to Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leikai and take shelter there with her only little boy.