Tributes paid on National Reconsolidation Day
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, January 09 2017:
The annual National Reconsolidation Day was observed today by United Peoples' Front (UPF), in honour of the 183rd death anniversary of king Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba (Maharaj Gambhir Singh) .
As a part of the event, people paid floral tributes to the tomb of the late king at Langthabal and organised a rally till Singjamei Chinga Makha Hao Ground where a public meeting was held.
UPF president S Ratankumar, RK Ranendrajit, Dr Md Riyajuddin (Associate Professor, Lilong Haoreibi College) and Homen Thangjam (Assistant Professor, Maharaja Bodhachandra College) were present at the event.
Speaking at the event, S Ratankumar said that ever since its establishment, UPF has been observing the death anniversary of king Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba.
He urged the people not to forget the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who gave up their lives for independence and to protect the integrity and stability of the Motherland while avoiding any animosity between the different communities.
Explaining about the history of the event, N Rupachandra (convenor of UPF) said that Manipur was able to take back Kabo Tampak (valley) after it was lost to the Burmese during the seven years war.
Later, the British Empire forcefully manipulated king Nongdrenkhomba into giving the Kabo valley away to Burma/Myanmar who later died with regret.
The National Reconsolidation Day is observed to show grief on his death anniversary, he added.
"Manipur should not forget how its land was taken away and forcefully given to Myanmar and it is very unfortunate that the Indian Government gave back the sum offered by Myanmar to Manipur for the land way back in 1953", he said.
He urged the people to stand up together against any forces trying to destroy the integrity of the State and to work towards creating a strong, independent, self reliant and developed Manipur.