Foundation laid for Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum at Makhel
SENAPATI, 13th Sep: Foundation stone for establishing Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum has been laid at Makhel village, some 5 km away from Tadubi police station in Senapati district, by Tribal Affairs & Hills/Fisheries minister N Kayisii on Friday.
The programme was also attended by PHE minister Losii Dikho as functional president while additional chief secretary (TA&H) Letkhogin Haokip, director (TA&H) C Arthur Worchuiyo and deputy commissioner (Senapati) Somorjit Salam were present as guests of honour.
The museum is in honour of the contribution and sacrifices made by the war heroes for the people of the land and will be developed under the sponsorship of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and government of Manipur.
In his address, minister Losii Dikho expressed gratitude to his minister colleague Kayisii for choosing site of the museum at Makhel village which falls under Mao assembly constituency and represented by the latter.
While observing that Makhel might have been identified for the museum on account of the importance and historical aspect of the village, he believed that Kayisii might have opted for the site in order to strengthen the unity, integrity and to bring the people of the land together. On account of different communities settling in the state the government is working to bring the people together and erase bitter memories of the past during which there used to be no respect between one community and another, he said and expressed confidence that initiation of the project of repute and significance to the tribal people in such a remote corner of the state testify the government’s endeavour to bridge the trust deficit.
Speaking as the chief guest, N Kayisii informed that Nagas have their roots in Makhel and as such the village was chosen for the museum. Recounting that he along with the then principal secretary urged Makhel village elders to donate land for the project which the villagers willingly agreed and parted with 23.6 acres of land, Kayisii said that the museum will not be only for Makhel villagers but for all people of the state.
The museum will house articles of the tribal freedom fighters, he said and sought cooperation of all in making the museum become one of the most vibrant centres.
According to Arthur Worchuiyo, the museum project was approved in February this year at a total cost of Rs 15 crore and the directorate of TA & H is preparing further details to include all the tribal freedom fighters.
He also mentioned that an expert committee comprising the additional chief secretary and four academicians from Manipur University would visit different villages to learn about the narratives of the tribal freedom fighters especially in the context of the British agitation.
Conceding that the process might take some 2 to 3 months, he also said that notice would be issued to all concerned to share relevant information.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was also attended by ADC Senapati chairman A Kapani, vice chairman, members, MTDC chief engineer, TA & H joint secretary, SDOs of Tadubi and Songsong, social activists and student leaders of the region.
Later in the day, inauguration of four community halls was held at Makhan Khuman village with minister N Kayisii as chief guest. The community halls were constructed by the Department of Tribal Affairs and Hills at Makhan Khuman village, Makhan Lovadziingho village, Emefiithumai village and Chakumai Khridziiphi village.
The programme was also attended by Letkhogin Haokip, C Arthur Worchuiyo, and Somorjit Salam. Construction of the community halls started in 2017.