Imphal, April 23 2022: Governor La Ganesan and Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the people of the State today in paying rich tributes to the gallant heroes of Manipur who died fighting the British during the Anglo-Manipuri War 1891 at Kheba Ching, Khongjom in Thoubal district.
The observation started with a guard of honour and a gun salute at the Samadhi of Paona Brajabashi, who sacrificed his life during the final battle of Anglo-Manipuri War 1891 .
Floral tributes were also paid with traditional rituals and tarpan at Khongjom river as a part of the observation.
Governor La Ganesan, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Ministers, MLAs and other top officials of the Government also attended the tarpan ceremony.
Speaking at the observation, Governor La Ganesan maintained that ‘life is sacrifice, sacrifice is life’ and added that the sacrifices made by ‘our forefathers should always be remembered and honoured.
We should follow their footsteps and their dignity should remain protected’ .
La Ganesan further stated that India is a land of difference which makes the country unique from other countries.
Likewise, Manipur also has a different character of history amongst the Indian States.
People should understand the reason why Khongjom Day is being celebrated, he added.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the age-old history of Manipur and sacrifices made by ‘our forefathers will always remain in the hearts of the people.
The present historical site of Khongjom, particularly Tengol Lampak will be beautified and upgraded soon after a Cabinet decision,’ he added.
“The call of ‘Nation First and United India’ which was advocated by our leaders should be respected.
The renaming of Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar Island as Mount Manipur by Union Home Minister Amit Shah is an example of respect for Manipur by the Union Government,” He added.
Khongjom Lan, a play based on the battle of Khongjom, 1891 was showcased by the artistes of the Art & Culture Department as a part of the observation.
Khongjom Parba, a traditional folk song depicting the Khongjom Battle, was also presented to the gathering by renowned folk singer Sundari Devi and her team.