Imphal, April 23
Joint body of rebel group operating in the region CorCom paid fitting tribute to the war heroes of Manipur who laid down their life fighting the British army at Khongjom in 1891 at Khongjom.
A statement of the joint body called upon all the people to study the underlying spirit and messages of the war whose outcome was a foregone conclusion while paying tribute to the war heroes on occasion of the 129th anniversary of the Anglo Manipur War.
The CorCom recalled that Manipur (Kangleipak), though small in terms of population and territory, existed as an independent Nation in western South East Asia throughout history. Compared to the then sprawling British Empire, Manipuris were quite inferior in terms of weapons and manpower. Yet, Manipuris fought against the invading British forces to protect the dignity and independence of the Nation, conveyed a statement issued by CorCom publicity committee.
“It is our obligation to study and decode the messages embedded in the Anglo-Manipur War which our forefathers fought valiantly even though they knew very well that they stood no chance”, the CorCom asserted.
Disunity among the Manipuri princes is often cited as the immediate cause of the Anglo-Manipuri War but the people of Manipur fought against the invading British forces. However, the present generation, even after getting modern education, seems not fully aware of the alleged colonial policies of India, it remarked. It said that the Indian electoral politics has deeply polarised the masses. Many people are now unable to differentiate between freedom and bondage, and they have little concern over the imminent distortion of National identity.