Imphal: State observed Shaheed Diwas Wednesday at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh gracing the function as Chief Guest.
The observation was jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur, paying tribute to Revolutionaries and Martyrs as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – Celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh expressed the need for thorough research and study of the history of the State and added that the Government would make provision to provide financial assistance to those Writers and Researchers who want to dedicatedly work on collecting historical documents and compile good books on Manipuri History. He also stressed that knowing our history would help in instilling a sense of brotherhood among different communities of the State.
He continued that Shaheed Diwas is observed in honour of the valour and commitment of those freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country. He stated that the Ministry of Art and Culture, Government of India under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been putting efforts to figure out unsung heroes and freedom fighters of the country and honour them during the yearlong celebration to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. He added that every citizen should feel proud with such initiatives of the Government to honour our freedom fighters.
Mentioning that the sense of nationalism and respect among people seemed to fade gradually; he maintained that one should show his love for the motherland with his work and commitment for the development of the country. He also assured that the State Government would always work for development of the State and welfare of its people and would never break their trust.
As a part of the observation, N. Biren Singh led the other dignitaries in paying floral tribute to portraits of freedom fighters of the State. Play on Rani Gaidinliu by Prospective Repertory Theatre Manipur, screening of AKAM Film and short movie clip on ‘Digital Jyot’ were the main highlights of today’s Shaheed Diwas observation.
Ministers Thongam Biswajit, Yumnam Khemchand, Govindas Konthoujam,. Nemcha Kipgen, Awangbow Newmai, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Director General of Police P. Doungel and other senior officials of the State Government attended the function among others.
It may be mentioned that March 23 every year is observed as Shaheed Diwas to mark the death anniversary of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar and to pay tributes to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country.