RK Ranjan pitches for identifying unsung heroes

RK Ranjan pitches for identifying unsung heroes

TMB Report

Imphal: Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Education Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh felicitated descendants of unsung heroes of Anglo-Manipur War deported to Kalapani during a function held to observe the 36th birth anniversary of Diana Rajkumar (1986-2019), the only daughter of the Union Minister at his residence located at Kongba Nandeibam Leikai on Monday. 

The felicitation cum birth anniversary programme was organised by Abesana Research Foundation. It was attended by President of Seva Bharati, Manipur and President of Manipur Cultural Integration Conference, A. Brajakumar Sharma and Director of Abesana Research Foundation, Ch. Debala Devi as the Chief Guest and Functional President respectively.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the programme, Union Minister Dr. RK Ranjan Singh said that in order to clearly reveal how we build our land, culture and heritage, the young generation should show respect to the tireless sacrifices made by the unsung heroes of Anglo-Manipuri War.

Talking about his late daughter, Dr. Ranjan said that she was doing research on various species of orchids found in Manipur and other states of Northeast from Mizoram University. Unfortunately, she died of brain tumour before she could present her thesis. Her research work was highly technical but the thesis is still stored in her computer. Fortunately, a book Volume-I was released last year after consulting with one Professor who is an orchid expert, he narrated.

In the previous years, a mass plantation programme along with a medical camp was held on her birthday but it could not be done this year due to his busy schedules, Dr RK Ranjan said. He mentioned about the instruction given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to identify and research at least hundred names of unsung war heroes of North East States.

Ranjan informed that most of the North East States namely Sikkim, Assam, Tripura and Mizoram have already identified their respective unsung war heroes. He said that it is quite disappointing to learn that scholars in Manipur are still unable to identify the names of unsung heroes of the State except Bir Tikendrajit, Paona Brajabashi, Thangal General, Rani Gaidinliu and Haipou Jadonang.

He appealed to all the scholars of the State to conduct research and identify the unsung heroes to include their names in the composite and collective history of India in line with the instruction given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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