IMPHAL: Manipur on Saturday observed the 81st Nupi Lan Day 2020 at Nupi Lan Memorial Complex in remembrance of the bravery of women folk who had fought against the mass exploitation and artificial famine triggered by the then mighty British imperialist administration.
The state level function was attended by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, cabinet ministers, MPs, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civilian and police officials of the state.
The chief minister led the gatherings in laying floral tributes to the statue of the brave’s mothers of the state who valiantly fought against the British policies and lost their lives in the agitation.
Addressing the media persons at the observance, CM N. Biren Singh said that the state had been observing Nupi Lan Numit every year in remembrance of the courage and the spirit shown by the women of the state in challenging the then mightiest world power while it also wished to all the mothers of the state for healthy and prosperous life and to stand for the welfare of the society through the grace of the heavenly God.
At JN Manipuri Dance Academy too, the 81st Nupi Lal Observation Committee organized a programme to honour those brave women who then carried out agitation against the oppressive economic and administrative policies, thus sowing seeds of a new political and economic reformation.
The 81st Nupi Lan observation committee which was formed under the collaboration of AMKIL, KANGLAMEI, Poirei Leimarol. CHITUWA, AMAWOVA, Nupu Samaj, Tammi Chingmi, MEPWAK, KWWA, WWOK graced the event with prominent persons in dais such as Ima L. Memchoubi, President, Poirei Leimarol; Ima Y. Leirik Leima, President, KANGLAMEI; Ima Thokchom Ramani, President, Nupi Samaj; Ima Maibam Purnimasi Leima, President, CHITUWA; Jitendra Ningomba, Convenor, PPCM; Ima G. Atongbi Kameipui, President, Kabui Mother’s Association; Ima Rose Mangsi Haokip, Advisor, Kuki Women Union and Ima Aribam Sitara Begum, President, All Manipur Muslim Women Development Organisation, etc.
PPCM Convenor Jitendra Ningomba briefed media persons on the occasion stating that the 81st Nupi Lan Observation Committee has been observed every year as an honour to the 1939 agitation of Manipuri women folks against torturing of men and children, and their role in the agrarian economy during the then British colonialism. The day has been remembered since the 1939 agitation in which hundreds of women came out on the streets of Imphal demanding a ban on rice export and a closure of rice mills, marching up to the durbar office. The observation of the event will help acknowledge the present generation regarding how far the people in the state are living by enjoying civil liberty, right to speech and taste of freedom as have always been dreamt by those brave women of Manipur, he added.