Zeliangrong unions, RYC Dimapur observe 89th Marty’s Day of Haipou Jadonang
Dimapur, Aug. 30 (EMN): The Zeliangrong Students’ Union Delhi (ZSUD) and Zeliangrong Welfare Association, Delhi (ZWAD) observed the 89th martyrdom anniversary of Haipou Jadonang under the theme, “The Vision of Haipou Jadonang and its relevance in the contemporary Zeliangrong Society” via video conference.
As a mark of paying homage to Jadonang, ZWAD president Benjamin Pamei lit the lamp, followed by the Zeliangrong anthem.
Som Kamei, postmaster general of Assam Postal Circle, Dibrugarh spoke at length on the philosophy and nature of the socio-religious-cultural and political movement of Jadonang. He encouraged the Zeliangrong people to emulate the simple method of Jadonang based on truth and integrity.
He also advised them to look for innovative and relevant ideas that will be in sync with the times for uplift of the Zeliangrong people to accelerate the process of realisation of Makaam Gwangdih (Makaam Kingdom).
The song “Zeliangrong Ringtelou,” a slogan popularised since the days of Zeliangrong People’s Convention in the early 80s which led the mass movement for Zeliangrong homeland, composed into a song by KC Namgui some years ago was presented live from Pune during the program by the composer.
Dr. Achingliu Kamei, assistant professor, Delhi University spoke on the theme of the programme. She expressed appreciation to those who are steadfast in following the footsteps of Jadonang in the quest for emancipation of the Zeliangrong people and expressed her solidarity with them.
Dr. Vibha Joshi from Oxford, UK also shared her personal experiences and meeting with Rani Gaidinliu in New Delhi in the late 1980s. She shared the images and artifacts of Jadonang (Dampapu and Dampapui) and Gaidinliu of great historical importance to the Zeliangrong people found in the Pitts Rivers Museum, Oxford in UK.
Meanwhile, the Rongmei Youth Club (RYC), Dimapur also observed the day on August 29 at Rongmei customary court in Dimapur.
To mark the occasion, Panti Kamei, member of the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights spoke on the topic “What can we learn from Jadonang’s Life” while R Kamei, chairman of Ragailong colony, Dimapur spoke on the freedom struggle of Jadonang and James Akham,president of Rongmei Community Dimapur exhorted the gathering.
The programme was chaired by RYC president Makuran Rongmei, Rev. Gaidim Kamei, pastor of Rongmei Baptist Church, Burma Camp offered a prayer.