Imphal: “We are here today as a society, as a State because of our forefathers,” chief minister N. Biren Singh said, highlighting the heroic efforts of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narsingh and Sana Herachandra to drive off the Burmese and end the Seven Years Devastation.
Biren was speaking at the 189th Death Anniversary of Maharaj Gambhir Singh at the Samadhi of Maharaj at Langthabal. The function was organised by the Manipur State Archaeology, department of Arts and Culture, Manipur.
“We cannot disassociate ourselves from history, emphasizing further that historical statues, memorial parks, museums, etc, tell stories of the forefathers of the land,” he said. “Our forefathers had guarded our land and it is our collective responsibility to safeguard this land.”
He highlighted that Union Home minister Amit Shah had inaugurated some important projects in the State including the Kangla Nongpok Thong, Polo Statue at Marjing, Olympian Park, flag hoisting at INA Headquarter at Moirang etc.,.
Biren also spoke on the significance and importance of opening of the Kangla Nongpok Thong and expressed his belief that it will bring more peace, prosperity and unity in the state.
The chief minister said it is not the time to remain silent, but to be very vigilant against illegal drug business. He appealed to the people to stop poppy cultivation and illegal drug business in the state.
As part of the function, the chief minister led in offering floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaj Gambhir Singh and statues of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra.
Other highlights of the function include a guard of honour, gun salute, sounding of the Last Post by a contingent of Manipur Rifles, obeisance to Dhop Pala performance, tarpon offerings, and inauguration of a cafeteria, etc.
The function was also attended by MP Maharaj Leishemba Sanajaoba among others.