Updated 30 Apr 2022, 5:14 pm
The 150th death commemoration of Raja Goukhothang Guite was organised by the Raja Goukhothang Guite 150th Death Commemoration Committee (RGGDC) at YMA Hall, Hmuia Veng, Churachandpur on Saturday.
A portrait depicting the picture of the late Raja and the signing of the ‘Treaty of Sanjenthong in 1873’ were presented to the chief guest apart from observing a one-minute silence by the participants, and beating of a gong for 150 times by dignitaries to mark the occasion.
The chief guest on the occasion said that irrespective of calling themselves, Kuki, Zomi, Mizo etc. they all had a common history shown through late Raja Goukhothang Guite, who is called the Zogam Ukpipa or Ruler of Zoland, asking all not to decide based on their language which is based on the village where they happen to settle or migrated, but were bounded by common ancestral blood, culture and tradition and history since time immemorial.
He expressed his hope that the commemoration cemented the unity of the Zo descendents.
The leaders of different Inpi described the late Raja Goukhothang Guite as a true leader for them who was one of the first Zo leaders who was unfortunately killed by the colonial ruler in 1872.
Director of the Imphal school of preaching, Dr R Sanga on the occasion talk about the history of Raja Goukhothang Guite, saying he was the son of Guite chief Mangsum Guite born in 1821 and died in captivity at Imphal in 1872, after he was treacherously capture at Chivu on the order from major general WF Nuthall after which he was taken to Imphal jailed and subsequently died.
He was not killed by the Meitei as many people assumed but by the then colonial ruler, he asserted.
“After the death of the Raja, his son Sumkam and the maharaja of Manipur Chandrakirti signed the 'Treaty of Sanjenthong’ in 1873 at the bank of Imphal river under the aegis of the political agent of Manipur colonel Mowbray Thomson dividing the land to be occupied by the two entities,” said Dr R Sanga.
The programme was attended by leaders from Kuki Inpi Manipur, Zomi Council, Mizo People Convent. It was also attended by tribal leaders from Doungel Inpi, Kipgen Inpi, Phiamphu Phungpi Organisation and as chief host by the advisor of Guite Innpi Khaizasong Guite.
First published:30 Apr 2022, 5:14 pm
RGGDCChurachandpurRaja Goukhothang Guite
Churachandpur district, Manipur