Imphal: Khongjom Day was observed with state honour Saturday. The main event was held at Kheba Ching at Khongjom in Thoubal District, Manipur.
The observation began with a guard of honour and gun salute at the Samadhi of Paona Brajabasi, who sacrificed his life during the final battle of the Anglo-Manipuri War in 1891. The State has been observing April 23 as a commemoration of the sacrifices of our brave heroes.
Floral tributes were also paid with traditional rituals and tarpan was offered at Khongjom River as a part of the observation. Governor of Manipur, La Ganesan, Chief Minister of Manipur, Nongthombam Biren Singh, Ministers, MLAs and other top officials of the government also attended the commemoration and paid rich tributes to the fallen heroes.
Speaking as Chief Guest, Governor of Manipur La Ganesan maintained that Life is sacrifice, sacrifice is life. “The sacrifices made by our forefathers should always be remembered and honoured. We should follow in their footsteps and their dignity should remain protected. Conquering the heart of the people is also a unique character of our leaders which we should learn from them”.
Governor Ganesan further stated that India is a land of diversity which makes the country unique from other countries. Likewise, Manipur also has a different character of history from the Indian states. People should understand the reason why Khongjom Day is being celebrated, he added.
Giving a presidential speech, Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh said that “the age-old history of Manipur and sacrifices made by our forefathers will always remain in our hearts. The present historical site of Khongjom particularly Tengol Lampak will be beautified and upgraded soon after a cabinet decision.
The call of Nation First and United India which was advocated by our leaders should be respected. Being a federal country the respect to states by the centre is worth appreciating. The renaming of Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar island as Mount Manipur by union home Minister Shri Amit Shah is a living example of respect to Manipur by the union government”, Biren added.
Khongjom Lal, a play based on the battle of Khongjom, 1891 was showcased by the artists of Art & Culture Department as a part of the observation. Khongjom Parba, a traditional folk song depicting the Khongjom battle, was also presented to the gathering by renowned folk singer Sundari Devi and her team.