Manipur pays tribute to Hijam Irabot

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Imphal: Observing the 126th birth anniversary of Manipur leader Jana Neta Hijam Irabot, a freedom fighter and social activist, people of Manipur paid tribute to the leader at various levels.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh led the state including his Cabinet ministers, MLAs, officials and general public in paying rich tributes to Jana Neta Hijam Irabot on Friday at the state-level observance held at Thangmeiband Lilashing Khongnangkhong where the leader’s statue stands.

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“The real meaning of the observance will be realised when we not only offer flowers to the late leader’s statue but when we are able to follow his footsteps and do some good for the society,” Biren said.

Jana Neta stood for the downtrodden, poor, upliftment of the poor and believed in a united Manipur of both hills and valley. He had served the society in various capacities. He was a poet, a journalist, theatre artiste, polo player, a leader and guide during the Nupi Lal of 1939, he added.

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A versatile revolutionary figure, who stood for the common man and fought against all forms of oppression. His contributions in the field of literature, politics and his efforts towards integration of all communities of Manipur shall always be remembered, he writes on his Facebook wall.

The Manipur Communist Party celebrated the birth anniversary of the leader in a grand manner at Iboyaima Sumang Lila Sanglen Palace ground.

The song, Thangol ado maya thang-u thouna, written by Irabot, thrilled the air during the observations.

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The anniversary celebration was also observed across the state, which were organised by clubs and social organisations.

Irabot was born in 1896 and died on September 26, 1951.

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