‘Govt will identify, preserve historical sites, monuments’

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 11th Apr: Emphasising the importance of historical figures, sites and monuments in defining the culture, tradition and civilisation of a society, art and culture commissioner M Lakshmikumar has assured that the department will identify and preserve sites and monuments which are of historical importance.
He was attending the 168th death anniversary observance of Maharaja Narasingh organised by Manipur State Archaeology, Department of Arts and Culture at Kangla. The observance began with a performance of Shri Shri Govindajee Jalakeli Pala and gun salute by a contingent of Manipur Rifles.
Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmikumar informed that the name of Maharaja Narasingh is synonymous with the historic Seven Years’ Devastation and how he liberated Manipur from the clutches of Burmese invaders. The statue of the late king installed near the western gate of Kangla seems to lack some features, he noted, while assuring to look into the matter for taking up necessary corrective steps.
Though the previous government took a cabinet decision on renaming Imphal airport as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, the matter has been kept on hold after an official team of civil aviation ministry led by the union minister suggested to change it. The ministry team also cited a union cabinet decision of restricting giving local nomenclature to international airport for the simple fact that local name might not be handy for outsiders visiting the states. The team also asked the state government to pass a resolution in the state assembly stating that cabinet decision alone is not sufficient to change airport names, he said.
Maharaja Narasingh Memorial Committee vice-president RK Rajendro recalled how the late king liberated Manipur from Burmese invaders and ended the Seven Years’ Devastation and stressed the need for observing the day on a larger scale.
Mutua Museum director Mutua Bahadur was also present at the anniversary function as guest of honour.


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