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Conference on ‘Indian National Movement & Tribal Freedom Fighters of Manipur’ begins

V. Vumlunmang spoke at length on the background, status and the way forward with regard to setting up of the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at Luangkao village in Tamenglong District.

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Imphal: The 4-Day National Conference on “Indian National Movement & Tribal Freedom Fighters of Manipur” in the context of the proposed Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum began Tuesday at Royal Hall, The Classic Hotel, Imphal with Tribal Affairs & Hills, Minister, Letpao Haokip, as chief guest and Additional Chief Secretary (TA & Hills), Government of Manipur, V. Vumlunmang, as president of the Inaugural Session. Former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Meijinlung Kamson also attended the Inaugural Function as Special Invitee. 

Speaking as chief guest, Letpao Haokip thanked the Prime Minister for granting Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum to Manipur and for renaming Mount Harriet as Mount Manipur. He also thanked the Prime Minister for giving a tribal President to the nation. He thanked the Chief Minister of Manipur who has been tirelessly working for the welfare of all sections of society in the State and also for the wholehearted support given to the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum in the state.

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V. Vumlunmang spoke at length on the background, status and the way forward with regard to setting up of the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at Luangkao village in Tamenglong District. Director, Tribal Affairs and Hills/ Tribal Research Institute, Manipur, Hungyo Worshang, in his keynote address stated that Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum is a very important project, an ambitious programme envisioned by the Prime Minister to pay tribute to the members of tribal communities who played a key role in the freedom struggle of the nation but whose roles and contribution have not been remembered adequately or have been deliberately forgotten. 

He added that the Tribal Research Institute, Department of Tribal Affairs and Hills Manipur started research works to identify mass movements of tribals and prominent tribal freedom fighters from Manipur who fought against the Britishers during India’s struggle for independence since October November of 2016. The proposal of the State Government to set up the state-of-the-art Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum was approved by the National Level Committee (NLC) in February 2019. The State Cabinet decided to establish Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum at Luangkao Village in Tamenglong District which is the birthplace of renowned freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu and named the Museum as “Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum”. Foundation Stone for setting up of Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum was laid on 22nd November 2021 by Union Home and Cooperation Minister.

 The Director stated that various eminent experts from different parts of the country will be participating in the 4-Day National Conference. He also stated that the content developed by the State Government will be vetted by the Regional Committee and then submitted to the National Level Committee for approval and added that, it is of utmost importance that the content developed for the museum should be free from any controversy in terms of narrative or nomenclature. Hence, this Conference is being organized to concretize the content for the proposed Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum in Manipur

The Inaugural Session and the first technical session of the 4- Day National Conference was participated by leaders from various tribal communities, civil society leaders, student leaders besides eminent scholars, academicians, and senior-level officers. The 4-Day National Conference is being organized by TRI Manipur, Department of Tribal Affairs and Hills, Manipur in collaboration with CSSEIP, Manipur University as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and supported by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. 

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