Imphal Aug 13,
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today observes the patriots’ Day at Congress Bhavan, Imphal.
Speaking to media person of Patriots’ Day observed in Congress Bhavan, President of Gaikhangam of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said that on this day that the warriors sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Manipur.
He further said that freedom is not determined by success or failure and added that freedom was my birthright, and added that they were honouring the spirit of freedom that no one can take away our birthright from us.
“This day makes us think that even after we fought against and thrown away the British rule, are we free or not”, he added.
Gaikhangam further said that it was a duty of the people to uphold our freedom and also a duty of the government to ensure our freedom is intact.
Regarding the case of Babysana’s death, he said that congress party condemns every crime against women and children. Since the investigation is going on, we do not want to comment much, but we demand to bring the truth out and serve justice as soon as possible according to the law of the land.
Responding to a question on the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, Gaikhangam expressed that what happened in Jammu and Kashmir is also a threat to Manipur and other north-eastern states. The message central government is sending out with this event is that the voices of the minorities will not be heard.
Reducing its statehood to Union Territory and dividing it into two can only mean that the central government will do whatever as they please. It implies that there is no guarantee that such events will not happen in smaller states like Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, etc. We, Manipuris, both in hills and valleys, will always be minorities in context of India. It seems to impose the idea that our voices will not be heard and the central government will do whatever they want regardless of what the people want.
As a part of the event, the members paid a floral tribute to the martyrs of Manipur freedom struggle against British rule.
The volunteers and members of the party paid floral tributes to the martyrs Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General.
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]