Bid to deconstruct history of Manipur worries CM

IMPHAL, 2nd Nov: Asserting that history can never be distorted and manipulated, chief minister N Biren has expressed belief that the aged-old hill-valley unity could be revived through proper understanding of the identity of the united Manipur.
This was stated during the opening of Ethnological Gallery and release of a short film of Manipur Legislative Assembly in a function held at Old Assembly Complex, Imphal on Friday.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Biren said that some people are trying to deconstruct and manipulate histories to gain popularity of their identities. Building of such museum won’t let them to manipulate the historical facts.
Quoting Maharajah Bodhachandra, Biren said that from the written records, there were no hill-valley division in the pre-British period and all the communities were living as one in harmony. The British divided hill and valley on the pretext of better and convenient administration. The late king also wrote that the hill-valley unity should be revived and maintained since the British has left Manipur, he said, while stressing the need to introspect the records which would help in nation building and cementing fraternal bond among the communities living in the state.
The CM said that that with such museum, people can now learn and gain knowledge about the history of administration in Manipur. Such Museum would strengthen the unity and integrity of the state and also help in diminishing the differences among the communities. Students and research scholars studying in Manipur University as well as other institutes outside the state should bring out such records for public perusal, which will help in creating better understanding of the history further leading to revival of the aged-old hill-valley unity.
He also appreciated the Speaker and staff of Manipur Legislative Assembly for their sincere efforts in building and maintaining such priceless museum, which will show the world the historical path of the state. It will also become a major catalyst in bringing unity without the difference of majority or minority among the communities.
Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand said that the government has collected some of the records, which were burnt during the June 18 incident. He then appealed to all to help collect the remaining records while thanking contributors, who helped in making the gallery a success.
PWD minister Th Biswajit, health & family welfare minister L Jayantakumar, PHE minister L Dikho, HAC chairman TT Haokip, and staff of Manipur Legislative Assembly attended the function.

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