KSA fumes over Dr Ambedkar photo at Irabot’s tribute event
IMPHAL, 30th Sep: Taking strong exception to placing of Dr BR Ambedkar’s photo alongside the portrait of Jananeta Hijam Irabot at the ‘Yearlong Observance of Hijam Irawat and Bharat Ratna Awardee Baba Saheb Dr BR Ambedkar 2019’ organised by Dalit Sahitya Akademi Manipur (India) at Manipur Press Club here on Monday, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has asked the organiser of the observance function to issue a clarification on why Dr Ambedkar’s photo was positioned alongside the portrait of the revolutionary leader at the earliest.
Addressing a press meet held at its office here on Monday, KSA Youth Affairs & Sports secretary Sanjoy Khulakpam said that the birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot who sacrificed his life for the cause of the society is being celebrated across the state with utmost respect but the act of Dalit Sahitya Akademi Manipur (India) placing the portrait of the great revolutionary leader next to Dr Ambedkar is an insult to the people of the state.
He recalled that the state was already put to shame when a photo of a Hindu goddess was placed alongside the portrait of Bir Tikendrajit during the observance of Patriots’ Day organised by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on August 13. Such acts amount to distorting the history of the state and therefore Dalit Sahitya Akademi Manipur (India) should clarify why Dr BR Ambedkar’s photo was brought in at the celebration function of Hijam Irabot’s 123rd birth anniversary, he said.
Making it clear that KSA would not remain a mute spectator to such unjustifiable acts which intended to dilute the rich history of Manipur, Sanjoy cautioned that any organiser of observance functions should not repeat such acts, where pioneering figures of the state like Bir Tikendrajit and Hijam Irabot are portrayed in bad light.