Imphal, August 16:
Union minister of state for education and external affairs RK Ranjan today urged upon the scholars of the state, particularly the historians, to do an in-depth research on the unsung freedom fighters of Manipur so that they can be included in the composite history of freedom struggle of India.
The Union minister was addressing the integrated communication and outreach programme on Har Ghar Tiranga and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav organized by the Imphal regional office of the Central Bureau of Communication (CBC) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting held at the auditorium of CBC, RO Imphal today.
On the occasion, the Union minister also launched an e-feature on the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day and official music video ‘Hey Ima Manipur”.
India is commemorating August 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. The commemoration was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this date last year.
Union minister RK Ranjan said that the horror and pains of the partition can never be forgotten. Thousands of people were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence.
The main objective of remembering the horror event is to prevent repetition of such mindless hate and violence, and to mark the memory of the struggles and sacrifices of people, he said.
On the other hand, the Union minister said that it is a well-known fact that India got freedom from the British by the concerted efforts of the people. Besides leaders, there were many people who took active roles in the freedom struggle.
The history of the freedom struggle will not be a perfect one without their contributions.
In the state too, there are a lot of unsung freedom fighters who were not known to the people of today’s generation. Many people who revolted against the British got killed in Manipur, in the present state of Mizoram, Nagaland, etc.
Only a few of them were remembered by today’s generation. So, the scholars, particularly historians of the region, need to do an in-depth research in this field.
“I humbly appeal to the scholars, particularly historians, to identify the unsung heroes of the freedom struggle and include them in the composite history of India,” he said.
“The Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji wants a composite history of freedom struggle, not a dynastic based history,” he said.
In his speech, the Union minister further said that the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign was an initiative of the Central government to instill the feeling of patriotism to every citizen of the country, said Union minister of state for education and external affairs RK Ranjan Singh, in a speech on Sunday.
Singh observed that this campaign of putting tricolor at their homes will awaken patriotism in every heart.The celebration of Independence Day is not for the ministers, MLAs and government employees. It is for all the countrymen and they should also join the celebration of the day by hoisting the national flag in their respective home, he said.The duties of the ministers and government employees are to spread the message of the Independence Day to the citizens. The value of celebration of the day lies with the people.
Ngangom Uttam Director, Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Manipur graced the occassion as Guest of honour and Dr Engam Pame, Director, Press Information Bureau preside over the function. N Malemsanba Meetei, Asst. Proffessor of G.P Women’s College as resource person on the Occasion, officials of Central Bureau of Communication, Press Information Bureau and other dignitaries also attended the function.