Manipur observed Martyrs' Day also known as 'Shaheed Diwas' or 'Sarvodaya Day' to honour those who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 76th Death Anniversary.
During observation, Governor Anusuiya Uikey reaffirmed the enduring values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, emphasising love, non-violence, compassion, brotherhood and forgiveness.
She urged the public to accept and remember this teaching, emphasising its importance in modern times.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh expressed in a post on X that “Mahatma Gandhi's ideals remain immortal and indestructible although he was unjustly killed on this day in 1948. The nation was built on his visions, and we shall continue striving to live up to his teachings.”
He said to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi and others freedom fighters ideology.
The ceremony took a poignant turn as a siren echoed from 10:59 to 11:00 am, serving as a solemn warning signal for the commencement of the two-minute silence. Another siren, from 11.2 am to 11.3 am, marked the conclusion of the observance.
During this time, the entire gathering observed a two-minute silence as a mark of profound respect for the departed freedom fighters.
Martyrs’ Day is a reminder of the sacrifices made by countless individuals who fought valiantly for the freedom of the nation.
The ceremony in Manipur not only honoured the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi but also provided a moment of collective reflection on the enduring values that continue to shape the identity of the nation. As Manipur joined the nation in the celebration, the echo of the ceremony lingered, reminding the people of all the sacrifices that paved the way for India’s independence.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, cabinet ministers, members of the assembly (legislators), and civic and police officials also participated by laying flowers at the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue.
Meanwhile, 148 Bn, CRPF also observed Martyrs Day at Bn HQR location at Lamphelpat, Imphal to pay tributes to the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the nation's freedom and independence.
Office of the commandment 148 Bn, CRPF, Lamphelpat, Imphal in a press note on Tuesday said that during the occasion, family Members (Next of Kins) of following martyrs of CRPF, who selflessly laid down their lives during active operations against militancy, were honoured by Ravinder Sharma, Commandant, 143 Bn.