Imphal: On the auspicious day of the 75th Independence Day of India (Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav), RSS, North East Media Co-ordinator, Dr. Sunil Mohanty, Officer on Special Duty Government of Manipur, S. Premananda Sharma, and Imphal Vibhag Pracharak Kh. Binanda Singh paid their homage at the memorial stone of Padma Shri Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing on Sunday.
Major Ralengnao Bob Khathing was born in Ukhrul district of Manipur in 1912. He served with distinction with the British Army during the Second World War and was honoured with the Military Cross, Member of British Empire (MBE) Award. He was one of the first tribal to be assigned as an ambassador and served as the ambassador of Burma in 1972. He was also one of the first graduates among the tribal and was instrumental in the establishment of Tangkhul students’ union.
In addition, he showed his talent in writing songs in Tangkhul language and even wrote the composition of many of these songs.
The present song which was chosen as the anthem of Tangkhul Naga tribe is incidentally written by him. During the reign of kings he took up the job of providing protection to the border areas as an area commander. It may be recalled that the region of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh assimilated as an Indian territory due to his contribution. Even today he is held at the stature of a demigod by the people of Tawang.
He was conferred the highest award of the state the Arunachal Ratana Award by the Arunachal Pradesh government and the foundation stone of his statue was laid by the chief minister of the state recently.
However, it seems that such a luminary figure is not given due recognition by the people which is very unfortunate.
Other than the annual football tournament organized by the Assam Rifles in his name there is not any note-worthy activity taken up in his name in the state by any section, including the state government.