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Manipur observes Patriots’ Day

Manipur observes Patriots’ Day
Manipur Governor paying homage at the Sahid Minar in Imphal’s BT Park. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 13 | Publish Date: 8/13/2018 12:42:02 PM IST

Rich homage was paid to the heroes of Anglo-Manipur War of 1891 as Manipur observed the 127th Patriots’ Day on Monday.

The state observes August 13 as Patriots’ Day in memory of state heroes who laid down their lives fighting the British during the Anglo-Manipuri war of 1891.

At the state level function in Imphal, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren Singh led the dignitaries and people in paying floral tributes to the Sahid Minar erected at BT Park.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said, “We should never forget the selfless sacrifice of the freedom fighters of Manipur who fiercely fought the mighty British Empire.” 

She appealed to all the communities to shun violence and hatred and bring about an atmosphere of love and mutual understanding so that Manipur can move forward in the pace of development.

Asserting that bandhs and blockades culture is a thing of serious concern, she said that the ultimate sufferers of all these aberrations were the common people. 

“We must try to resolve all issues through dialogue. As a citizen of this country, it is our bounden duty to make the country strong and prosperous,” she added.

Chief minister N Biren Singh said, “Love for the motherland is the only virtue through which petty considerations based on communalism, ethnicism, can be wiped out.”

He reiterated his government’s stand for the people, unity and territorial integrity of the state. 

Singh said that the government always welcomed suggestion and advice from any individual or organization to bring development and prosperity in the state. 

However, while talking about the freedom of speech and expression, he cautioned the people not to cross the limits of the freedom of speech. “People must refrain from speaking or acting anything which would be a threat to the unity and national interest,” he said.

As a mark of respect to the selfless sacrifice made by the forefathers for the cause of the motherland, the state government has decided to officially name the JNIMS road as Pukhrambam Kajao Road and Lamphel to Shija Hospital Road as Chirai Naga Road.

Earlier, in the morning, the chief minister along with his council of minister, MLAs and top officials of both civil and active services paid homage to the portraits of Tikendrajit and Thangal General at Hijam Yaichampat and Thangal General Temple respectively. 

The dignitaries offered floral tributes to the statue of Thangal General at Palace gate.

 

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