Imphal: Observing the 172nd Death Anniversary of Maharaj Nara Singh at Kangla, here, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh paid floral tribute to the portrait of Late Maharaja Nara Singh.
Biren led other dignitaries in offering Tarpan at Nungjeng Pukhri Achouba. A contingent of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles offered guard of honour, gun salute and sounded the last post as a mark of respect to Late Maharaja Nara Singh.
“The state government had started paying tribute and respect to our great forefathers, organising functions at state level, to make people aware of their sacrifices towards protecting their motherland. Whatever we have today is all because of the hard work and sacrifices of our great leaders. Our society would have no value if we don’t honour them and follow their paths,” Biren said.
He recalled the hardship faced by our forefathers during the Seven Years Devastation period (1819-1826) and hard work of great leaders namely Maharaj Gambhir Singh and Maharaja Nara Singh towards regaining their land from Awa.
Urging people not to possess sectarian ideology and to stop thinking only about their respective communities, he appealed to everyone to work together for overall development of the land which the people inherited from our forefathers. He stressed the need for every citizen of the state to have knowledge of state’s history and go hand in hand with one another regardless of hill and valley areas.
“We shouldn’t forget the spirit of nationalism possessed by our elders,” the chief minister said.
Biren informed that the state government had started seeing sites at Nongmaiching Hills to install the statues of Maichou Taret and added that a statue of Maharaja Nara Singh would also be installed at the Western Gate of Kangla within 100 days. He also stressed the need to preserve the Leng Ondabi Pat located at Cachar district of Assam, which was named after the commitment of Maharaja Nara Singh.
Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said he felt pleased on the part of the state government for honouring and paying tribute to the work and sacrifice of our great leaders. He continued that Maharaja Nara Singh had played an important part in regaining the land from Awa during the Seven Years Devastation period. Maharaja Nara Singh was a king who always worked for the protection of the motherland and he always gave priority to the welfare of people rather than the powers he possessed as a king, Leishemba Sanajaoba added.
Power minister Thongam Biswajit, education minister Yumnam Khemchand, works minister Govindas Konthoujam, co-operation minister Nemcha Kipgen, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP and other top civil and police officials attended the observation function.