CIRCA to observe Manipur National Day on Oct 18
IMPHAL, 12th Oct: Commemorating the day when the first democratically elected government of Manipur was formed after holding election, Coalition for Indigenes Rights Campaign (CIRCA), Manipur would be observing Manipur National Day on October 18 at Sana Konung Utra Shanglen here.
Announcing this during a press conference held at Sana Konung Utra Shanglen, CIRCA president Thokchom Somorendro said that Manipur became an independent nation after the British left Manipur and granted independence in the midnight of August 14, 1947. Consequently, Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 was enacted and election was held in 1948 which paved way for Manipur to become the first democratic country in the South East Asia post British Colonial period on October 18 of that year.
The day is an important milestone in the history of Manipur and CIRCA has been observing the day as Manipur National Day since its inception in 2015. The first assembly session was held in the then Durbar Hall, which is now known as Utra Shanglen on October 18 and CIRCA would be observing the day at the same venue to make the observance more meaningful, he said. Besides, CIRCA started hoisting Manipur flag on August 14 every year, commemorates September 21, the day the then king Bodhchandra signed the Merger Agreement, and other historical events that occurred between 1947 and 1949, he added.
Freedom and self-determination is a legitimate demand and United Nations upholds the right to self-determination.
Considering the colonial rule in the state and hardships faced by the people, restoring the pre-merger status can bring peace, tranquillity and development in the state, he said. He also appealed to all to participate in the October 18 observance.