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Manipur observes 131st Khongjom Day

As a part of the 131st Khongjom Day observation, personnel of 1st MR offered gun salutes in the air to pay respects.  Governor and chief minister further paid floral tributes to Paona Brajabashi where gun salutes were also offered by the MR personnel. Offerings were also offered at Khongjom river for the martyrs.

ByThoubal Correspondent

Updated 24 Apr 2022, 4:18 am

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The 131st Khongjom Day observation, commemorating the battle of Khongjom that took place on April 23, 1891 was organised by Manipur government at ‘Khongjom War Memorial Complex’ located at Kheba Chingkhong, Khongjom in Thoubal district on Saturday.

Manipur Governor La Ganesan and Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the offering of floral tributes to the heroes who laid down their lives during the historic battle.

Governor said that paying respects and honouring the martyrs is a responsibility ought to be followed by the present generation. The youths need to have more knowledge and appreciation of the forefathers and freedom fighters who had shown exceptional courage and strength at the battlefield, he added. 

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He further stressed on the need to do away with divisive outlooks and work towards communal harmony and unity. “With the observation of Khongjom Day, we must inculcate a sense of patriotism; remind ourselves of the need to protect the independence of this country and prepare ourselves towards challenges that may come ahead in the future,” he added.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh who attended the event as president expressed that the battle of Khongjom holds an important place in the history of the people. “We are able to make progress as a community, a state as well as a country now because the battle of Khongjom happened,” he added.  

“We celebrate Khongjom day so that the people are reminded of their responsibility to protect their independence, to save this country and commemorate the brave ancestors who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the future generations,” he said.    

The present generation honours Maharaj Nara Singh, Gambir singh, Kulachandra, Tikendrajit etc. by showing utmost respect and admiration. As for India, Mahatma Gandhi,  Sardar Bhallabhai Patel etc. are being remembered and still honoured, he said. “We are able to live freely under a democracy and make progress as a result of the leaders safeguarding the independence of this country,” he added.  

“Attempts have been made to bring down our unity and harmony by falsely constructing history. We have to remain careful of these activities. Although we do not have all the historical facts written down, we still have preserved some of them orally in the form of ‘khunung esei’ (folk songs),” he added.  

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Considering the importance of these oral traditions, initiatives had been launched last year through the department concerned to visit important places such as Mao, Maram, Ukhrul, Churachandpur etc. and collect folk songs, he added.  

He also announced that the government has started renovating the Tengol ground of Khongjom considering its importance in the battle of Khongjom. These matters will also be discussed in the cabinet, he added.

As a part of the observation, personnel of 1st MR offered gun salutes in the air to pay respects.  Governor and chief minister further paid floral tributes to Paona Brajabashi where gun salutes were also offered by the MR personnel. Offerings were also offered at Khongjom river for the martyrs.  

The event witnessed the attendance of Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, Manipur Legislative Assembly speaker The Satyabrata, Cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretaries, police officials including DGP and officials of other departments.

The singing of ‘Khongjom Parba’ as well as performance of drama on ‘the Battle of khongjom’ marked the occasion. 

Film community of Manipur also joined the rest of the state in paying befitting tributes to heroes of 1891 Anglo-Manipur War.  Eminent film personalities thronged the MSFDS at Palace Compound and offered floral tributes at the 'Ningshing Nungbi' (Memorial Stone). 
 
 
 

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First published:23 Apr 2022, 5:19 pm

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Khongjom warKhongjom War Memorial ComplexAnglo-Manipuri warPaona Brajabashi

Thoubal Correspondent

Thoubal Correspondent

THOUBAL district, Manipur

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