Preserving and protecting the historic statues and monuments will make the new generations aware of the contribution made by the forefathers of Manipur and strengthen the feeling of nationalism, said Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday.
Biren was speaking as the chief guest at the observation of the 189th death anniversary of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at the Samadhi of Maharaja which is located at Langthabal, Canchipur, Imphal West.
The present generation is living with freedom due to the contributions made by the forefathers including the heroic efforts of Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narsingh and Sana Herachandra, he said.
Biren further said that some of the important projects of Manipur have been inaugurated recently by Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit. He also highlighted the significance of Kangla Nongpok Thong which is believed to bring peace, prosperity and harmony in the state.
“There is a need to have a clear concept and understanding of the land’s history, beliefs, information and data to educate people from outside. The historians and researchers are encouraged to publish articles on history based on the truth and facts,” he said.
Biren appealed to stop poppy cultivation, reminding that the government has been taking various initiatives such as the poppy destruction drive. A collective effort is needed to safeguard the future generations, he added.
As a part of the function, N Biren led the offering of floral tributes to Maharaj Gambhir Singh Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra. Other highlights of the function include a guard of honour, gun salute, sounding of the Last Post by a contingent of Manipur Rifles, paying of obeisance to Dhop Pala performance, tarpon offerings, and inauguration of a cafeteria, etc.
The function was also attended by MP Maharaj Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, DGP P Doungel, officials and locals.