Every year “Khongjom Day” is celebrated to remember the brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the motherland fighting the British at the battle of Khongjom in 1891. The state government which celebrates this event remembering every year and DIPR publishes a journal called Khongjom Today with articles on Khongjom Lal. However, this year many have expressed that they do not see any articles on the matter this time.
Many who visited Khongjom to commemorate Khongjom Day have expressed that DIPR used to publish a journal for the people called “Khongjom Today” consisting of articles on Khongjom war and with the photos of Paona Brajabasi’s memorial as cover. The journal earlier served to increase the value of the event. However, we do not see any of it this time. This time a journal was distributed which has nothing to do with Khongjom Day. Even the cover photo has nothing to do with the event. Instead, a booklet called “Go to Village Mission” was distributed to the people. People have expressed that this act serves to devalue the memory of Khongjom day.
People who were attending Khongjom Day have asked that whether they are going to see the journal called “Khongjom Today” with articles about Khongjom Lal released by DIPR ever again. They have also said that the booklet which was distributed today would be more appropriate if it is published and distributed on the occasion of 26th January and 15th August.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]