Memorial Stone of Anglo-Kuki War unveiled
CHURACHANDPUR | Oct 17 : Minister of Health, L. Jayanta Kumar Singh today unveiled the Memorial Stone of Anglo-Kuki War heroes at General Tintong Memorial Complex at Songpi village.
Speaking as chief guest at the formal programme held at KIC Complex, Tuibong, L. Jayanta Kumar Singh, “Let us not succumb to outside forces and just be Kukis; fragmentation or division as different tribes will not help, and as per Kuki customary Law, the chief are the owners of the lands.”
While stating that the main aim and spirit of the Anglo-Kuki War commemoration was unity as Kukis, the minister also said that viewing themselves as Vaiphei, Paite or Haokip etc and not as Kukis could lead to quarrels or even killings over a trivial issue which is not an exception with the Meitei community too. “Let us stop this narrow mindedness but pass on the spirit of unity as Kukis to our next generation,’ he added.
As the health minister concerned, L. Jayanta Kumar further spoke about the up-coming development plant of the Health ministry while also stating that out all the hospitals in the state, District Hospital Churachandpur is the most well run hospital where a heart care unit and a hospital will be launched in the coming month of November which will be the first of its kind in the state. “A seven bedded centre for dialysis and also a 10 bedded cancer hospital will also be launched simultaneously for which formal arrangements are already in place by the department,” he added.
In regard to the memorandum to the construction of Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Complex, the minister assured that he will do his bid and go to Delhi to garner funds while telling the committee members to come at his office and discuss the matter.
Upon being enquired about the declaration of October 17 as a State holiday for which the Committee had summited memorandums to both the CM and the minister himself, L.Jayanta Kumar replied that he will talk to the CM as it is beyond his power.
Meanwhile, in a press statement issued by media cell of the Anglo-Kuki War 1917-2018 Centenary Commemoration Committee, S.George Guite and B Lalboi Gangte stated that the Kuki people all over the world are commemorating the centennial of Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 today.
The Anglo-Kuki War also referred to as Kuki Rebellion/Kuki Rising by British writers is one of the fiercest re-sistance to British rule within British India although it is given little recognition in the dominant historical narrative of the Indian freedom struggle. The Kuki people denounced British colonial interference upon their freedom in Kuki country-present day hills of Manipur, parts of Nagaland, Cachar in Assam, Sagaing division and Chin state of My-anmar, it said.
The press statement further asserted that The Kuki people within India have been denied their right to self-determination in their own land despite their huge contribution in the resistance to British colonialism. Apart from that, the Kuki people had also supported the INA and joined in great numbers but nevertheless, the Indian political establishment turns a blind eye to Kuki contribution in the freedom struggle and continue to deny recognition of Kuki rights to self-governance within Kuki territories.
The centenary commemoration of the Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919 is being organized with the objective of high-lighting the valiant war effort of the Kuki people against colonialism and the defence of their freedom, the release continued while adding that the Kuki people’s history of resistance to British colonial rule deserves prominence in the national historical narrative, and their contribution in the freedom struggle of the country should not be forgot-ten when considering the Kukis’ aspiration for recognition of their right to self-determination within the country.
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