Chief Minister N Biren assured that the State Government would be ready to recognise every unsung tribal heroes who had fought against British colonialism and was involved in the freedom struggle as a martyr. He added that everyone who contributed to achieving our freedom should be honoured.
The CM N Biren was speaking as Chief Guest at the One-Day National Dialogue on Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle organised by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on Thursday as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University, Canchipur.
CM Biren tweeted, “Attended the ‘One Day National Dialogue on Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle’ at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University. With PM @narendramodi Ji’s guidance, the unsung tribal heroes have been given the fitting tribute for their contributions in the freedom struggle.”
Biren continued that after Narendra Modi became India’s Prime Minister in 2014, the Central Government had taken up the initiative at the micro level to recognize all the unsung tribal heroes of India’s Freedom Struggle. Everyone who had contributed to attaining freedom, fighting against British colonialism is now being honoured, he added.
Reminding that an Indian Coast Guard Ship was named after the State’s freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, the Chief Minister stated that it was the right time to research and bring up the name of every unsung hero who took part in the freedom struggle and honour them.
Maintaining that by choosing a tribal woman for the post of the President of India, the current Union Government under Narendra Modi had shown that every community had contributed to the freedom struggle. As such, he appealed to everyone to continue to be a part of One India Movement.
It may be mentioned that the National Dialogue on Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle is being organised across the country in 125 universities to remember the unforgettable contribution of tribal heroes in the freedom struggle. Its purpose is also to introduce the tribal youth to the contributions and sacrifices of the tribal community in the freedom struggle.
Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Joint Secretary (NCST) Konthang Touthang, Professor, Department of History, Tripura University Prof. Sukhendu Debbarma, Vaibhav Surange of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, faculties and students of Manipur University also attended the programme among others.