Imphal: Joining the rest of the country Manipur observed Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas (National Re-dedication Day) in presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh as the chief guest at the conference hall of Manipur secretariat on Saturday.
The observance was held to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Biren urged the people of the state to take the pledge of strengthening the integrity and unity of the country by following Indira Gandhi’s ideals. He said that Indira Gandhi ordered military action against the militants holed up inside Golden Temple, which led to her assassination by her own bodyguards on this day in 1984. It must be so tough to take such a decision because she had to choose between the nation’s security and the sanctity of a religious place, the chief minister said.
He said, “We need to further strengthen the integrity of the country and uplift the living standard of our people. We should also put in more efforts by concentrating more on bringing equal development in all sections of the society so that we may achieve advancement at par with the developed countries.”
Every community irrespective of any religion or caste should try to maintain peace because development is possible only when there is peace and tranquillity, he added.
Mentioning about armed movements prevalent in some parts of the country he said peaceful negotiation is the only solution because violence only creates misunderstanding among different communities.
Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh said even though Indira Gandhi is no more, her sacrifices for the country and high ideals are still remembered by one and all.
All those who have come forward to serve the people as public leaders should possess sacrificial spirit, he added.