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‘Order of the Rising Sun’ : Yet another feather in Dr Dhabali’s cap

Speaking to The North East Affairs, Dr Dhabali, who was recently conferred with ‘Order of the Rising Sun’, 2020, Japan’s second highest national award, for his efforts in promoting a better understanding of Japan in India and bringing the two nations closer, said that the award was a recognition for him and the teams which had successfully established the ‘Imphal Peace Museum’ and further, for organizing the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal last year.

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Imphal: They say luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. But for Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh aka Dr Dhabali of the Babina Group, a pioneer in the field of clinical laboratories in Manipur, one needs the confluence of hard work, dedication, sincerity, luck and the right time if one wants to succeed in life.

Speaking to The North East Affairs, Dr Dhabali, who was recently conferred with ‘Order of the Rising Sun’, 2020, Japan’s second highest national award, for his efforts in promoting a better understanding of Japan in India and bringing the two nations closer, said that the award was a recognition for him and the teams which had successfully established the ‘Imphal Peace Museum’ and further, for organizing the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal last year.

As the award came at a time when world leaders were struggling with the dreaded pathogen, which has taken the lives of over two hundred thousand and affected millions of people across the globe, it has given him the impetus and opportunity to do more hard work both for the society as well as in his profession, said Dr Dhabali. For him it also meant more responsibility and obligation to continue in the path he has taken.

The soft spoken and now the owner of the prestigious Japanese award, Dr Dhabali said if the young generation wants to achieve something in life they have to be more dedicated and work with sincerity.

A pathologist by profession, Dr Dhabali doesn’t believe the award was his alone. As the saying goes “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress and working together is a success, the founder of BABINA group, one of northeast India’s largest business conglomerates, especially in the hospitality sector and diagnostics centres, feels that the actual reward and credit should go to the members of the construction committee who worked with dedication, Manipur Tourism Forum, Imphal Campaign Foundation and the Manipur government.

Without their assistance, initiative and hard work, the present ‘Imphal Peace Museum’ at Maibam Lokpa Ching in Bishnupur district, won’t be standing as it does today, he added.

Dr Dhabali was born on January 1, 1956 and grew up in Imphal. He did his schooling from the Johnstone Higher Secondary School, Imphal and completed MBBS in the year 1977 from the Regional Medical College, Imphal (now RIMS). He completed his post-graduation (MD) in Pathology from PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1982. He later joined RIMS, Imphal as teaching faculty member and voluntarily retired from service in 1994.

Dr Dhabali is among the three Indians and 114 nationals from 57 countries and regions to have been conferred this prestigious award.

The ‘Order of Rising Sun’ was instituted  under the Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1875, and it is conferred on individuals with achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, environmental preservation, welfare or achievements in a particular field.

Dr Dhabali, the founder of the Manipur Tourism Forum played an important role in organising the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal of the Second World War where many delegates, including Japanese officials, attended the historic event.

“With support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Nippon Foundation of Japan, the Imphal Peace Foundation was launched on June 22 last year. The MTF played an important role in giving shape to it during Th Dhabali Singh’s tenure as president of the forum,” a release from the Embassy of Japan in India said.

The award ceremony which was earlier scheduled to be held in May at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. New dates and arrangement of the conferment ceremony will be made in due course, the release said.

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