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M’laya govt plans to erect statues of legendary leaders

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 17 | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:31:12 AM IST
The Meghalaya government is mulling acquiring spaces for erecting statues of legendary tribal leaders who had rebelled against the British in Khasi, Jaiñtia and Garo regions much earlier than India’s First War of Independence in 1857.
Meghalaya Urban Affairs minister and former Khasi Students Union (KSU) leader, Hamletson Dohling made the announcement at the commemoration of 183rd death anniversary of U Tirot Sing Syiem, the Khasi Chief of Hima Nongkhlaw.
Dohling said he would initiate the move that the state government should find spaces within Shillong city to erect statues of leaders who fought against the British - U Tirot Sing Syiem, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Nengminza Sangma.
U Tirot Sing started the revolt against the British on April 4, 1829 after they attempted to take over control of the Khasi Hills. 
“As a community, we need to respect our leaders, and pass on the spirit to our younger generations so that they know how to respect and pay tribute to our legendary leaders,” Dohling said.
The commemoration was also observed at the native place of U Tirot Sing at Nongkhlaw, by the Hima Nongkhlaw.
Other organizations like the Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) also commemorated the day and renewed their commitment to fight against forces that attempt to weaken the identity of the indigenous tribes.
Tirot Sing, the syiem (chief) of Hima Nongkhlaw in West Khasi Hills, is recognised as the foremost freedom fighter in Khasi hills. 
On April 2, 1829, U Tirot Sing and his men attacked a British garrison, giving rise to the Anglo-Khasi War. 
Tirot Sing was captured and deported to Dhaka where he died on July 17, 1835.

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