Thursday, August 18, 2022

Iconic week celebration of IndianRailways underway in Dimapur

Staff Reporter

To commemorate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” a week-long celebration titled “Azadi Ka Rail Gadi Aur Stations” under the iconic week of the Indian Railways got underway at Dimapur Railway Station on July 18.
Delivering a speech on freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, headmaster in-charge, Railway School Dimapur, Swagatam Ray lamented that the contribution of freedom fighters from North East did not find their due place in popular discourse.
Speaking on Gaidinliu, he informed the gathering that she was a freedom fighter and a political, social and cultural awakener from Manipur, who was one of the active participants in the fight for freedom from British rule in India.
Presenting a brief background, Swagatam said Gaidinliu was recognised as the first female freedom fighter from Manipur, who was born on January 26, 1915, at Luangkao village.
He informed that she hailed from the Rongmei tribe and was always keen to preserve the identity and culture of her community.
The Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei and Inpui, a mix of blood-related tribes who are also referred to as “Zeliangrong”, are spread across Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, he informed.
Swagatam added that according to Imphal-based historian professor N Joykumar Singh, Rani Gaidiliu was one of the few women political leaders who exhibited outstanding courage during the colonial period despite limitations.
Highlights of the programme included drama by NF Railway Scout & Guides and patriotic song by students of Railway School Dimapur.
It may be mentioned that the Indian Railways announced its week-long plans to celebrate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” from July 18-23 covering 27 trains and 75 railway stations across 24 states linked to the Indian freedom struggle.


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