Memorial speeches, floral tributes mark Irabot anniversary events

IMPHAL, 26th Sep: Floral tributes, recounting his indomitable spirit in fighting for the rights of the downtrodden people and contributions made towards reforming the society marked the 68 death anniversary observance functions of Lamyanba Irabot by different organisations on Thursday.
Irabot Memorial Trust, Keibi observed the tribute event of Lamyanba Hijam Irabot at Keibi Khullen community hall on Thursday.
As part of the observance, floral tributes were offered to the memorial of Hijam Irabot at Keibi Ching.
Speaking at the event, Khundrakpam MLA Th Lokeshwar Singh highlighted that the observance was organised to invoke the present generation to carry out the wishes and visions of Lamyanba Irabot with respect to the state. He then appealed to the Trust and the locals to allow a library to be set up near the memorial, housing books on the life and contributions of Irabot. He also informed that preparations are underway to construct a Shanglen (shed) in the area as well.
He further appealed to the people to extend their support and help bring fruition to the leader’s wishes for the state.
In his speech, CPI Manipur secretary L Sotinkumar stated that the memorial area was the last spot where Irabot met his followers before leaving for Burma (now Myanmar). As such, concerted efforts must be taken up to help the younger generation understand about the significance of the memorial site, he asserted.
In connection with the observance, a public meeting was organised at Keibi Khullen community hall, and followed by an exhibition match of Polo.
Lamyanba Irabot Ningshing Thouram Observation Committee (LINTOC) under the auspices of Protection and Preservation Committee Manipur (PPCM) also observed the Death Anniversary of Lamyanba Irabot at Hundred Flower Higher Secondary School, Pangei on Thursday.
The function was attended by PPCM convener Jeetendra Ningomba; LINTOC convener Th Ajit; LINTOC co-convener S Ratankumar; Hundred Flower Higher Secondary School founder & chairman MA Rahman Shah and Hundred Flower Higher Secondary School principal Ashok Kumar Pathak as presidium members while social scientist Dr Dhanabir Laishram was present as resource person.
Speaking on the occasion, Ethnic PPCM convener Y Kunjarani said that history is witness to Lamyanba Hijam Irabot launching an armed struggle on September 21, 1947 and his subsequent death on September 26, 1951 at Tangbo village while carrying out the revolutionary activities in Burma. His life is being analysed by the present generation in two aspects- one, from the view of electoral politics and the other, through his death. However, the vision of Lamyanba Irabot is all about a having united stand/front and establishing a good foundation for the future, she contended.
Lamyanba Irabot was declared a wanted fugitive due to his stand for maintaining the territorial integrity of Manipur, with an award of Rs 10,000 on his head, whether dead or alive. On October 29, 1947, he adopted the resolution of launching an underground movement at a meeting held at Top and set up the ‘Red Guard Council’ on March 9, 1950 which changed the course of the movement. Although both British India and Burma slapped numerous insurgent cases against him at that time, he never fell into their hands till his death, the convener pointed out.
Kunjarani then said that due to the intentional acts of various governments, Manipur has now become a killing field. As such, a leader sharing the same vision and selfless character as Lamyanba Hijam Irabot is the need of the hour. Time has come for all of us to unite and look back to the various facets of Lamyanba Irabot so as to ascertain how best to implement his long-term thinking for the betterment of the state, she asserted.
In addition to his contributions towards the education of Manipur, Lamyanba strived to uplift the status of women in Manipur. Furthermore, he always fought for the territorial integrity of the north-eastern states and also stood for abolishment of monarchy and establishing democracy. As such, his courage had earned him the title of ‘Lamyanba’. His way of thinking should be the only path forward for the people of the state, she stated.

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