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Manipur pays homage to 1981 war heroes
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 13:
Published on 14 Aug. 2010 12:38 AM IST
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“Patriot Day” was observed on Friday to commemorate the “great heroes” of Anglo-Manipur War of 1891 that marked the occupation of Manipur by the British.
Floral tributes were offered at Hicham Yaicham Pat, Thangal Tempel, Kangla fort and the Saheed Minar at BT Park. The state level commemoration function was held BT Park in the afternoon where Governor, Gurbachan Jagat and chief minister, O Ibobi Singh graced the function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Ministers, MLAs, former Chief Ministers of Manipur, top officials of civil and security establishments attended the function.
Manipur has been observing August 13 as Patriot Day to remember the heroes of Anglo-Manipur war of 1891, the last war of independence fought between the warriors of then princely state of Manipur and the mighty British soldiers.
Prince Tikendrajit and Thangal General were hanged at Pheijaleitong now known as BT Park.
State Governor and chief minister laid the gathering in offering floral tributes to the martyrs of the state.
Addressing the occasion as chief guest, Governor Gurbachan Jagat called the people of the state to rededicate to the task of building a strong and prosperous nation in the true spirit of patriotism and selfless service.
“When we pay sincere homage and show our gratitude to these great martyrs, we should resolve to stand together firmly, shoulder to shoulder, and face all threats, internal and external, however strong they may be, all round development of the society,” he said.
Jagat also said that like those of the rest of the country, citizens of Manipur are also enjoying the freedom and all that it brings in the aftermath. However, in his observation, the Governor added that the educated youths of the present day Manipur and India as a whole are apparently self-centred and motivated to work for their own gain.
The chief guest also calls for all of us to take responsibility to preserve and promote the age-old values of love for peace, tolerance, brotherhood and mutual understanding and work hard for bringing about accelerated development in all fields in the state.
Chief Minister, O Ibobi recounted the supreme scarified made by both known and unknown heroes and appealed the youth to follow and strengthen the unity and integrity of the state.
Apart from state level function, government also organized district level functions to mark the occasion. Many civil organizations and schools also observed the day.
Many other political parties, students’ bodies and civil organisation observed the day at various.
Manipur People Party (MPP) senior leader, O Joy Singh said that the war for protection of Manipur independence was not fought by the Meitei community alone but by all communities and tribes residing in the state together since time immemorial.
The territorial boundary of Manipur was protected by the blood of all communities and tribes. It is the duty of present day generation to protect and safeguard the territory of the state. Every community, every tribe should take full responsibility to fight against any attempt to break the territorial integrity of the state, he urged.

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