Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has greeted the people of Manipur on the occasion of Khongjom Day, 2022 and paid rich tributes to the great generals, martyrs and soldiers who fought against the mighty British forces, despite inevitable defeat, to protect the dignity and sovereignty of our motherland, in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891.
On April 23, 1891, valiant Manipuri soldiers led by Paona Brajabashi fought a fierce battle with British forces at the southern fringe of Manipur valley at Khongjom and laid down their lives. The Battle of Khongjom is a story of heroism and patriotism against heavy odds, the outcome of which was a foregone conclusion, Biren said.
“Even as we pay homage to the valiant heroes on this auspicious and solemn occasion, let us resolve to set aside differences and commit ourselves to upholding the unity and integrity of the country. Let us also give our best for transforming Manipur into a self-reliant and prosperous state,” the chief minister said.