Imphal, Sept 26
Simply paying tributes to Lamyanba Hijam Irabot is useless without struggle says Professor Chinglen Maisnam, Department of Economics Manipur University.
Prof. Chinglen was speaking as a resource person during the observance of 68th Death Anniversary of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot on the theme “Life and ideology of Hijam Irabot” at Manipur University Library Conference Hall.
He further said that Hijam Irabot’s death and birth anniversary is being observed every year but there hasn’t been any positive change in today’s society and added that without continuing his works, there will be no significance in paying tribute to the pioneer leader.
Chinglen further stressed that Irabot was a leader who stood for the oppressed people not a leader of specific community. He also said that he was a leader in anywhere he visited, be it during the jail times in Sylhet, or at Myanmar.
Comparing with the Chinese leader Mao he said that Irabot have the qualities similar with the leader Mao who lead a Social reformation and Social Transformation and added that he was also similar with the use of short speech and effective use of words which inspire and influence the masses.
Highlighting the qualities of leader he stressed that Irabot didn’t stand neutral but sided for the oppressed people. He believed in ideology, organisation and struggle, Chinglen added.
He concluded that Irabot during his times fought both the British colonist and the feudal society of the land.
President of Meetei Students’ Association, Manipur University Chongtham Dipu in his keynote address stressed on the need to continue Hijam Irabot’s work by following his ideology during the contemporary times of distress for an egalitarian society.
He continued that the people need to unite irrespective of the communities they belong to bring social, political and economic independent.
Dipu also added that there is an urgent need to save the land and its people from the evils of globalisation and capitalism by following the footsteps and ideology of Irabot.
Later Professor Dr N. Sanatomba of Department of Manipuri, Research Scholar of Department of Economics and President of MUSU K. Lebanan talked on the topic – ‘Irabot as a multifaceted leader, Irabot and Merger Agreement and Impact of Irabot’s Ideology on today’s Youth and Society’ respectively.
Earlier floral tributes were paid to the statue of Lamyanba Irabot erected in front of Manipur University Library. A one minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the departed leader.