STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 9th Jan:
Along with announcing that the memorial complex of Maharaja Gambhir Singh located at Langthabal would be developed as a site of historical importance, chief minister N Biren asserted that among others, sacrificial spirit and commitment are essential qualities for all politicians.
Addressing the gathering of the 184th death anniversary observance of Maharaja Gambhir Singh organised by State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture at Langthabal on Tuesday, Biren said that a museum would be set up at the site to enlighten youth and present generation about the supreme sacrifices made by forefathers of the land during the Seven Years Devastation (1819-1826).
The chief minister advised minister concerned and officials of the state art and culture department to discuss with a reputed international firm/consultant for the development and beautification of the place. He also urged the department to install the statues of Nara Singh and Herachandra inside the memorial site.
The chief minister also directed the department to consult historians and subject experts to prepare a blue print and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of the site and the same be submitted to the planning department for necessary approval.
The chief minister further said that government would approach NEC or NLCPR for the development of memorial site if more money is needed for the development.
Speaking as chief guest at the observation function, Biren maintained that people of Manipur should feel proud about the valour and supreme sacrifices made by Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and Herachandra for the liberation of Manipur from the clutches of the Burmese following the Seven Years Devastation. He mentioned that history is a fact which can neither be manipulated nor distorted and history taught us a lesson that disunity among ourselves was the main reason for the invasion by the foreign powers.
‘If we want a united Manipur then we should leave aside the greed and selfish desires’, he added.
About the ethics to be maintained by the politicians, the chief minister said that politicians would never succeed if they do not possess the nationalistic characteristics and if they possess such quality then there would be visible changes in the state.
He further maintained that politicians should be able to make sacrifice and remain committed for the welfare, development and prosperity of the state. "Those who don’t have patriotic feeling and love for the country wouldn’t think and do nothing good for the people and society at large", he added.
The chief minister also appealed to people of the state to leave aside the idea of self-interest and think for inclusive growth and development.
Earlier, the chief minister led people in paying rich floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Nara Singh.
A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered a guard of honour and general salute followed by the gathering observing two minutes silence as a mark of respect to Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and others.
While delivering the presidential address, art and culture minister L Jayantakumar Singh said that the role of the government is to protect the territorial integrity and to uphold the sovereignty of the state. It is the responsibility of the government to work for the welfare of the people of the state, he added.
The Minister stated that the government need love, support and participation of the people to bring inclusive development in the state and maintained that every issue can be resolved through dialogue.
The function was also attended by CAF and PD minister Karam Shyam, education minister Th Radheshyam, MANIDCO chairman Dr Y Radheshyam, MLAs S Subhaschandra, P Brojen, S Bira Singh, Y Surchandra, L Susindro Meitei and top civil and police officials.