Imphal, April 27
COVID-19 Pandemic, which is attacking the world today forcing almost all nations across the globe including Manipur and other part of India, have failed to erase the virtue of patriotism that runs to the essence of Manipuri people. While assisting the government’s measures to contain the invisible killer virus, the Manipuri people can’t be stopped from paying tributes to the martyred ancestor who gave up their lives fighting the British army during this month of 1891. April 27 was the day that the British hoisted the Union Jack flag at Kangla after defeating the Manipuri in the infamous Anglo Manipuri War.
Remembering the day, the International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) has been observing the day as ‘Dark Day’ since the last 21 years. Today too, for the 22nd time the day is observed at its office complex at Keishampat , but with only some CSOs leaders attending by following the WHO protocol to contain the COVID -19 pandemic.
During the observance, floral tribute were paid to the martyrs who had laid down their lives while protection the freedom the erstwhile kingdom by those attending the observance, however, each attendee maintain physical distancing.
A press statement issued by the IPSA in connection with the observance said that, after the British had conquered almost all kingdoms of Asia, they started eyeing to the erstwhile Kingdom og Manipur. It recalled the uprising in the Konung during 1890 and the incident at which some British officers were killed at around 3 after midnight of 1891 and the series of events that took place during April 1891. After a fierce battle between the British and the Manipur the war was concluded on April 26 of the year, later on the following day, i.e. on April 27 , at around 7 am the British hoisted its Union Jack Flag at Kangla and Manipur lost its sovereignty . IPSA observed the day as Black Day, as a mark of respect to the martyred ancestors, who fought fearlessly for protecting the sovereignty of the erstwhile Kingdom.