RSS Chief honours descendants of Anglo-Manipuri War heroes

Imphal: Param Poojaniya Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dr. Mohan Bhagwat honoured the descendants of Anglo-Manipuri War, 1891 heroes during a book release function held at Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Skill Development Centre (RBSDC), Haraorou in Imphal East on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Mohan Bhagwat stated that it is a proud feeling for all the Indians that our forefathers have fought and sacrificed their lives for freedom from the British Empire. He stated that the county could complete 75 years of independence because of the sacrifices made by our forefathers. Many Manipuris have participated in the freedom struggle and some of them were sentenced to death. Even Maharaja Kulchandra Singh along with 22 others was imprisoned in ‘Kala Pani’, Andaman and Nicobar Island, he recalled.

He asserted that the people of Manipur have also contributed in the freedom struggle of the country like other States of the country and all the people of the country should acknowledge the sacrifices made by the Manipuris.

India is not based on religion but on dharma. The freedom fighters not only fought for freedom, but also for dharma. The sacrificing spirit of our forefathers is in our blood and their contribution makes the whole country strong. Making India a materialistic and spiritually prosperous nation would be our befitting tribute to them, the RSS chief maintained.

In order to lead the world as Vishwaguru there is a need to change the strategy, he said, adding that Israel was established as a super power nation with the supreme sacrifices made by the Israelis.

Reiterating that Manipur has been a contributor towards the growth of India since the early days, he said that today’s generation also makes the same contribution by taking inspiration from those heroes.

Mohan Bhagwat suggested translation of the book entitled ‘Unsung Anglo-Manipuri War Heroes at Kalapani’ into other Indian languages so that everyone can read and understand the contribution of Manipur in the freedom struggle.

The book was released by the RSS chief and titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba, who is also the Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha.

Co-author of the book, Hanjabam Sukhdev Sharma said that even in difficult times the war heroes of Manipur protested against the food provided for them while they were imprisoned at Mount Manipur (earlier known as Mount Harriet) as the food was against the Vaishnavism culture. They cook their own food and continue to survive with strong Vaishnavism in their spirit and mind, he added.

He said that when the Manipuri war heroes were not allowed to return home, they decided to rest till their last breath at holy pilgrimages like Nabadwip, Radha Kund and Vrindavan. He also mentioned that Maharaja Bhagyachandra died at Nabadwip while Maharaja Kullachandra breathed his last at Radha Kund.

Dr Mohan honoured the descendants of the war heroes by presenting a memento and a shawl each.

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