Imphal, September 13: The State Cabinet today decided to install a statue of Jananeta Hijam Irawat at a plot located opposite to Manipur Legislative Assembly complex as a mark of respect to the great leader of Manipur.
The decision was among other decisions taken in its meeting held at chief minister’s secretariat with chief minister N. Biren Singh in the chair today.
Hijam Irabot (30 September 1896 – 26 September 1951), also known as Jana Neta Hijam Irabot, was a politician and social activist from Manipur. He was one of the founder leaders of Communist Party of India(CPI) in Manipur. He wrote journals and poetry, as well as plays in which he also acted. He was also a sportsman. He chaired the 4th Session of the Nikhil Manipuri Mahasabha. He showed leadership against social injustices during the second Nupi Lan, 1939. In the June/ July 1948 election to the Manipur Assembly, Irabot won from the Utlou Constituency.
Every year his anniversary is observed throughout the state.