Manipur observes Jadonang 87th death anniversary

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 29 | Publish Date: 8/29/2018 12:34:01 PM IST

Freedom fighter Haipu Jadonang was fondly remembered on his 87th death anniversary across Manipur on Wednesday. Observation functions were held at various places in Imphal as well as in Tamenglong district, the birth place of one of the pioneer freedom fighters of the state, who was hung by the then colonial Britishers on August 29 in 1931.

At commemoration function held at Leishangkhong Kabui village in Wangoi of Imphal West district, chief minister N Biren Singh remembered the freedom fighter as a pioneer, who sacrificed his life for the cause of Manipur.

He stressed on the need for mutual respect, understanding, sharing and recognition among the different communities to uphold oneness and unity of the state which the forefathers of the state protected. 

“We should not forget the courage and spirit of Haipou Jadonang who fought against the British colonial power to restore the freedom of Manipur,” he said. He maintained that it would be a befitting tribute to the freedom fighter if all sections of people irrespective of community, work together for strengthening the unity and integrity of Manipur.

Reminding the people that the utmost responsibility of a politician is to serve the people, Singh said, “Elected representatives who don’t serve and work for the welfare of the people shouldn’t be given a next chance.” 

Recognizing the selfless sacrifice made by the forefathers for the cause of the motherland, the chief minister said that the state cabinet had decided to officially name JNIMS road as Pukhrambam Kajao Road and the stretch from Lamphel to Shija Hospital Road as Chirai Naga Road.  He added, “It is indeed proud for all of us to have such freedom fighter like Haipou Jadonang in our state.” He further mooted the declaration of August 29 as state holiday to mark the martyrdom of Haipou Jadonang saying that the government would take a decision after tabling the matter in a cabinet meeting.

MLA from Tamenglong AC Samuel Jendai who attended the function termed Haipou Jadonang as a “mystic hero, social and religious reformer”.

Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) president Athuan Abonmai and its state unit president Poupoklung Kamei, representatives of various Zeliangrong based organizations and others attended the function.

The 87th death anniversary of the freedom fighter was also held in Imphal’s Jadonang Park, where 

state deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh remembered the heroic contribution made by Haipou Jadonang to regain sovereignty from the mighty British Raj of those days.

Terming Jadonang as a true nationalist, a reformist and far sighted fighter, the deputy chief minister said that Jadonang was not only an advanced, multi-faceted freedom fighter but he was also an ideologist. 

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