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Irawat remembered
Correspondent IMPHAL, SEPT 30:
Published on 1 Oct. 2008 12:15 AM IST
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Jananeta Irawat, who one led the down trodden people of Manipur in fighting against British colonialism and injustice, was remembered on his 112th birth anniversary, Tuesday. The day was observed throughout the state with colourful displays where the main function was held at BOAT, Palace Compound in Imphal, organized by Irawat Celebration Committee, Manipur. State health minister Ph Parijat Singh, CPI MLA N Mangi Singh and other leaders of the CPI, Manipur state council were among those who attended the function. Ph Parijat said Irawat always fought for the welfare of the farmers by pressurizing the then government to lessen the taxes imposed on the farmers while re-collecting his life history. “Irawat went underground and made many sacrifices for the cause of the farmers,” he said. Veteran communist leader Moiranthem Ibohal recounted his life under the leadership of Irawat and said Irawat died at Ango hill, at Manipur`s border with Myanmar, while on his way back after talks with the revolutionary groups of Myanmar for a revolt in Manipur. Around 70 march-past contingents of school going students and other organizations saluted the life size portrait of the Irawat as a part of the function at Palace Compound. Colourful shows and other dance items were also held as part of the Jananeta birth anniversary where dances of various communities were presented. Earlier floral tributes were paid to the great leader by the chief guest, presidium members, guest of honour, meira paibis, students and many others who attended the function. HIS LIFE Irawot was born on Wednesday, the 30th September, 1896 at Pishum Oinam Leikai, Imphal. His father died while he was in the cradle and his mother also died while he was still very young. He was brought up by his paternal aunt. He was a man of multifaceted personality and to know him fully needs an exhaustive research (which is still going on) and needs a larger space. But one established fact is that he was a pioneer modern Manipuri poet in modern Manipuri literature. He had awakened the peasants, the downtrodden and specially the weaker section of the society of his land through his pen. While he was actively involved in the struggle for the masses in the transitory period of Monarchy, colonialism and later the merger with India, his poems were taken mostly as political slogans.

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