Unfurling the Manipur kingdom flag, which bears the emblem of Lord Pakhangba, at the Millennium Institute of Science in Imphal, the Joint Students' Coordinating Committee (JSCC) joined hands with the rest of Manipur in celebrating the 76th Manipur Independence Day.
It is noteworthy that the historic kingdom of Manipur attained independence a day prior to India's independence in 1947. However, it was later merged into the Union of India in 1949.
During the celebrations, the JSCC, representing various student bodies including MSF, KSA, and SUK, also paid homage to the brave souls of Manipur's freedom fighters who contributed to its struggle for independence.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, JSCC convenor Hijam Roshan emphasised the importance of imparting Manipur's historical facts to future generations.
He underlined the significance of the day's celebrations, not only to educate the youth about their heritage but also to foster a spirit of patriotism among them.
"This celebration not only serves as a tribute to Manipur's history but also stands as a testament to the resilient spirit of its people, who continue to strive for unity and progress in the face of challenges," he said.
The JSCC convenor also elaborated on Manipur's journey from being an independent sovereign kingdom to falling under British rule, and eventually regaining its freedom prior to India.
Highlighting the present external aggression faced by the people of Manipur, he stressed the necessity of unity among the indigenous population to counter these adversities.
The event also witnessed the participation of Millennium Institute's administrator M Binod, representative from the National Research Centre Th Ajit, former UCM president Sunil Karam, IPSA president T Birjit and KaPHA president Shyam Khuman as presidium members.