CM N Biren Singh along with Council of Ministers, MLAs and other officials observes the 172nd death anniversary of Maharaj Nara Singh at Kangla today. State leaders paid floral tribute to the portrait of Late Maharaj Nara Singh at his memorial.
Later CM also led other dignitaries in offering Tarpan at Nungjeng Pukhri Achouba.The observation function was organised by Manipur State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur. After the floral tribute, a contingent of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles offered guard of honour, gun salute and sounded the last post as a mark of respect to Late Maharaj Nara Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, CM stated that the State Government had started paying tribute and respect to our great forefathers, organising functions at State level, to make people aware of their sacrifices towards protecting their motherland.
Stating that whatever we have today is all because of the hard work and sacrifices of our great leaders, he added that our society would have no value if we don’t honour them and follow their paths.He recalled the hardship faced by our forefathers during the Seven Years Devastation period (1819-1826) and hard work of great leaders namely Maharaj Gambhir Singh and Maharaj Nara Singh towards regaining their land from Awa (Myanmar).
Urging people not to possess sectarian ideology and to stop thinking only about their respective communities, N Biren Singh also appealed to everyone to work together for overall development of the land which we inherited from our forefathers. He stressed the need for every citizen of the State to have knowledge of our history and go hand in hand with one another regardless of hill and valley areas, adding that we shouldn’t forget the spirit of nationalism possessed by our elders.
CM informed that the State Government had started seeing sites at Nongmaiching Hills to install the statues of Maichou Taret and added that a statue of Maharaj Nara Singh would also be installed at the Western Gate of Kangla within 100 days. He also stressed the need to preserve the Leng Ondabi Pat located at Cachar district of Assam, which was named after the commitment of Maharaja Nara Singh.
Power Minister Thongam Biswajit, Education Minister Yumnam Khemchand, Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Co-operation Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and other top Civil and Police Officials also attended the observation function.