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State observes 184th death anniv of Maharaja Gambhir Singh
Samadhi to be developed

Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, January 09 2018: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that the Samaidhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh located at Langtha bal would be developed as a site of historical importance.

He was speaking at the 184th death anniversary of Maharaja Gambhir Singh held at Langthabal today under the aegis of the State Archaeology and Department of Art and Culture.

Speaking as chief guest, the Chief Minister said that a museum would also be developed inside the memorial complex to enlighten the youth and present generation about the supreme sacrifices made by forefathers during the Seven Years Devastation (1819-1826) to liberate Manipur.

He asked the Minister concerned and officials of the Art and Culture Department to discuss with a reputed international firm or consultant for development and beautification of the place.

He urged the department to install statues of Nara Singh and Herachandra inside the Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh.

The Chief Minister directed the Department to consult historians and subject experts and to prepare a blue print and detailed project report (DPR) for the development of the Samadhi.

The DPR should be submitted to the Planning Department, he added.

If the project needs more money then the Government would approach NEC or NLCPR.

Biren said, "We should feel proud about the supreme sacrifices and valour shown by Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and Herachandra for the liberation of Manipur from the clutches of the Burmese following the Seven Years Devastation".

He mentioned that history is a fact which can be neither manipulated nor distorted.

"History taught us a lesson that disunity among ourselves was the main reason for the invasion by the foreign powers.

If we want a united Manipur then we should leave aside the greed and selfish desires," he added.

On the ethics to be maintained by politicians, the Chief Minister said that politicians would never succeed if they do not possess Nationalistic characters.

If they posses such quality then there would be visible changes in the State, he added.

He further maintained that they should be able to make sacrifice and commitment for the welfare, development and prosperity of the State.

Those who don't have patriotic feeling and love for the country wouldn't think and do nothing good for the people and society at large, he added.

The Chief Minister appealed to all the people of the State to leave aside the pursuit of personal interests only but rather think for inclusive growth and development in the State.

"Let's do some productive work to bring some positive changes in the State rather than wasting our precious time", Biren exhorted.

The Chief Minister led others in paying floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Nara Singh.

A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered a guard of honour and general salute and observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and others.

While delivering presidential address, Minister for Art and Culture L Jayantakumar Singh said that the role of the Government is to protect the territorial integrity and uphold the sovereignty of the State.

It is the responsibility of the Government to work for the welfare of the people of the State, he added.

The Minister stated that the Government need love, support arid participation of the people to bring inclusive development in the State.

He maintained that every issue can be resolved through dialogues.

Minister for CAF & PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Education Th Radheshyam, Chairman MANIDCO Dr Y Radheshyam, MLAs S Subhaschandra, P Brojen, S Bira Singh, Y Surchandra, L Susindro Meitei, top civil and police officials and others attended the function.


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