Imphal: The 126th Patriots’ Day was observed today at the Manipuri Kala Mandir, Dhalpukhri in Hojai district, Assam. A statue of Bir Tikendrajit was inaugurated as part of the function organised by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Assam, District Committee, Hojai. A one minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs of the historic Anglo-Manipuri War, 1891. Floral tributes were also paid to the martyrs.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of the function, Shri Yumnam Khemchand, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, recalled his days spent in Assam for more than a decade as the founder president of All Assam Taekwondo Association promoting the martial arts in various districts of Assam. He said that, people now trust the Government led by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh which believes in performing action rather than just making statements. He concluded his speech by expressing his desire to attend more such functions in the future.
Guest of Honour at the function, Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister MAHUD, Town Planning, Forests and Environment and Horticulture and Soil Conservation talked about the visible changes in Hojai since his maiden visit in 1991. Stating that costumes of Meitei women are the reflection of the rich cultural tradition which has survived for many years, he requested the women to keep the tradition alive. He also said it is an emotional experience to witness the Meiteis living in Hojai for their contribution in keeping the traditions and culture alive.
Minister Th. Shyamkumar said Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh had directed the Speaker Shri Y. Khemchand and himself to visit Hojai to look into the problems faced by the Manipuri diaspora and promised to extend all possible help.