Manipur pays tribute to Rani Gaidinliu
Imphal, Jan. 27 (EMN): Manipur paid tribute to Rani Gaidinliu, freedom fighter of India, on her 108th birth anniversary on Thursday.
Manipur Governor La Ganesan and Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the people to pay floral tributes to the statue of the late freedom fighter at Rani Gaidinliu Park, Mantripukhri, in Imphal East district.
Speaking at the anniversary celebration held in the park, the chief minister said it is a historical fact that Rani Gaidinliu played an important role in fighting against the British for an independent Manipur in those days.
In recognition of her role in the freedom movement, the Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking up a number of steps to propagate her name and fame, Singh said.
The state government will also organise her birth anniversary as a state function from next year onwards, he said. Singh further informed that INR 15 crore has already been sanctioned for the development of a memorial in her birth place Nungkao in Tamenglong district.
But, unfortunately due to some issues, the development works are being delayed. On the development of Rani Gaidinliu Park, the chief minister said creative changes can also be made to beautify the park.
Singh went on to say that every citizen should follow the footsteps of “our departed leaders like Haipou Jadonang, Rani Gaidinliu etc. as these leaders fought not only for independence but also fought for our dignity too.”
He further appealed the people to co operate with the government in all aspects of development for a better Manipur.
Former Union Minister of State for home affairs Prof. Meijinlung Kamson spoke on Rani Gaidinliu’s early life and her struggle for independence. Ministers, MLAs, representatives of civil society organisations, women leaders from across the state attended the celebration.
Earlier, Kabui Mothers’ Association submitted a memorandum urging to develop Rani Gaidinliu Park. Colorful cultural dances were also presented a part of the celebration.