The student and teachers of Assam Rifles High School,(ARHS) Kohima run under the aegis of Headquarters 5 Sector Assam Rifles of HQ IGAR (N) launched an educational campaign to preserve and protect the Kohima War Cemetery.
A defence release stated that Kohima War Cemetery, located in the heart of Kohima town, remind us of the great battle of Kohima and the war heroes, however, it went on to add that it was disheartening to note the youth of today were doing “irreparable damage” to this invaluable archaeological site by stealing the epitaphs on the graves and turning it into a mere picnic spot.
In order to sensitize and spread social awareness of the issue, around 150 students and teachers of Assam Rifles Schools, Kohima took out a “Heritage walk” between AR Ridge and Kohima War Cemetery on February 6. Holding banners and placards, the students spread the message of saving and preserving the rich, cultural heritage of India. Talks were also held enriching the student about the historical significance of the War Cemetery. To strengthen their commitment for the cause the students, in the presence of School Patron-Brig Ved Prakash, Cdr HQ 5 Sector Assam Rifles, Z. Neykha, district education officer along with representative of management and principal, Inderpreet Ahluwalia and Col Gurdeep Singh Ahluwalia, Sena Medal, Commandant of sixteen AR administered a Heritage Oath pledging to respect, save and protect the Kohima War Cemetery from any further damage.
Replicas of the stolen epitaphs on behalf of IGAR (N).were handed over to the caretakers of the Cemetery for fixing on the missing graves.
The Patron Brig Ved Prakash complimented the efforts of the students and said that such activities of the school would not only make a significant contribution in serving the past glory of our ancient monuments but also help in developing young children into sensitive, responsible and progressive citizens of the society.
K. J. Lohe, joint director of education also graced the occasion and appreciated the efforts of students and the Assam Rifle. He said that by adopting the Kohima War Cemetery the students were not only saluting the war heroes but also the Nagas and the Naga culture.