‘Subedar Hemchand died in 1881 and not in 1891’

Written By: / Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:12

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Imphal, Mar 24:

There is a saying about the Gorkhas in the world, “Turn any pages of the History, you will find their names among the Bravest of the Brave”.

Today, the 24th March 2021, is the 140th death anniversary of Subedar Hemchand Singh who died in 1881.

In a statement, the Manipuri Gorkha Youth Association stated that the inscription at the memorial of the Subedar Hemchand has been wrongly written as 1891. The association drew the attention of the government and concern authority regarding the English Translation which was wrongly translated at his memorial inside Kangla Fort.  The English translation which was engraved in marble stone few decades/years ago reads,    

The memorial of Subedar Hemchand of 44th Gurkhas was erected in 1891.  It read Subedar Hemchand, Lieutenant Backenbury, one Havildar other sepoy were killed on 24th March 1891 in the attempt by the British troops to capture Bir Tikendrajit from his residence at Kangla.

The Manipuri Gorkha Youth Association said that the original writings at the original memorial were written in Gurkhali Language of which the correct English translation is given below:-” Subedar Hemchand of 44 Gorkha Rifles died on 24th March 1881: Dafla, Naga, Burma, Chin Hill expedition. He was 49 years old’’.

The original write-up is in the Gorkhali language of the Gorkhas that came to be known as the Nepali language after 1930 with some changes in phonology and honorific system.

The association said that the English Translation will give a wrong message to the future generation and demanded a correction to keep the history straight and correct.

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Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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