Academy clarifies on joint tribute events

IMPHAL, 1st OCt: While appreciating Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) for bringing out the matter of commixing the celebration of 123rd birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot with Dr BR Ambedkar in public domain, Dalit Sahitya Academy, Manipur (DSAM) has clarified that the organisation will never mix the sacred Irabot tribute event with Ambedkar in future.
In a release, DSAM also conveyed gratitude to KSA for timely intervention on the matter and for giving the academy enough time for clarification.
DSAM’s clarification comes in the aftermath of KSA 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 the Academy at Manipur Press Club here on Monday. The academy, however, pointed out that the first ‘Yearlong Observance of Hijam Irawat and Bharat Ratna Awardee Baba Saheb Dr BR Ambedkar’ was held in 2016 and the same observance continued unabated every year since then and this year’s observance too was held at Manipur Press Club. Until this year’s observance, no organisation raised objection to the joint celebrations and the academy was not surprised when KSA raised concern on mixing Irabot tribute event with BR Ambedkar, DSAM said in a statement, adding KSA’s call for rectifying the error was encouraging.

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