IMPHAL: The Patriotic Writers Forum Manipur (PWFM) has announced that it will be observing Patriot’s Day on 13th of August as usual with the participation of all its branches in Manipur, Assam and Tripura.
The forum’s executive committee meeting conducted through video conference and WhatsApp group decided to embrace the event that reminds us of the heroic acts of Manipuris – both known and unknown – on different war fronts of the Anglo Manipur War, 1891, a press release issued by its Secretary Rakesh Naorem stated.
Since large gathering will be unsafe due to the worsening state of Covid-19, the forum appealed to the people to lay floral tribute to portraits of the patriots of Manipur who had shown the world their unflinching courage, patriotism and spirit of sacrifice to challenge the mighty British Empire.
On this day, prince Tikendrajit, Thangal General and some other leaders were hanged at the present site of Pologround complex in Imphal after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War in 1891 at Khongjom battlefield in present day Thoubal district. In remembrance of the gloomy days the Patriotic Writers Forum, Manipur, Assam and Tripura with be paying homage to the great patriots and those who got martyred along with them, added the press release.
The forum also appealed the people of Manipur to spare a little time from their daily chores on August 13, 2020 and pay their homage to those Manipuris who put up a brave resistance against the colonial soldiers, although their weapons and number were no match for the massed ranks of advanced British infantry, and honour all those who lost their lives while defying the British Empire in 1891.
As we have seen a series of Japanese people belonging to different generations annually visit Manipur to pay their respect and homage to Japanese troops of World War II who fought against the Allied force and sacrificed their lives here for their motherland. Likewise, the people of Manipur should spare a moment and be obliged to pay homage to great patriots of the land at their memorials, such as that of Pukhrambam Kajao at Nambol, Haipou Jadonang at Keishampat, Paona Brajabashi at Kheba Ching, Rani Gaidinliu Park and BT Park, etc that ties us to our roots and still instills a sense of belongingness, stated the press release.
The forum asked for the attention of the present government on construction of a memorial statue of Hijam Irawat at Ango Chingkhong in Tangbaw village of Myanmar where he took his last breath. Who still remembers the historic event of Tangbaw in the present times, the press release mentioned, and raised concern that the Manipur government cannot construct even a memorial at the place where Hijam Irawat who did a pioneer in different fields was laid to rest while people of Japan reach Manipur from thousands of miles away and helped construct the Peace Memorial Complex of Maibam Lotpa Ching at Nambol in memory of their slain forefathers. The future generations of Manipur will always be reminded of the government’s accomplishment and be grateful forever if the request is fulfilled, added the press release.