Imphal: The Statehood Day of Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh which is on January 21 and the Statehood Day of Dadra and Nagar Haveli which is on January 26 was jointly celebrated at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal on Sunday.
With the introduction of the North-East Area (Re-organisation) Act 1971, the three north-eastern states attained statehood on January 21, 1972.
Governor of Manipur, Miss Anusuiya Uikey, gracing the celebration function as chief guest, said, Manipur has been going through difficult times for the last more than eight months. The Central and state governments are making continuous efforts through civil and social organizations to resolve the problem through dialogue in a cordial environment for the restoration of peace and normalcy. The governor appealed to the people to sit together and solve the problem through discussion and dialogue.
“The prosperity of the state and the welfare of citizens are linked to the progress of the country. Therefore, on this occasion, ‘let us resolve to protect the integrity and unity of the country’,” she said. The governor wished the people of Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Dadra Nagar Haveli a bright future, long life, good health and happiness, prosperity and progress of the state.
The country has celebrated the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence with the imagination and inspiration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this campaign, under the concept of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, all the states of the country are celebrating the foundation days of each other’s states.
Uikey said, “On this day, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura were established with the hope and belief that these states would provide all-round development to their citizens in terms of natural resources and administrative facilities in their respective areas.” She said, “All the states are now moving on the path of progress with their own diversity and characteristics. The purpose of celebrating Foundation Day is to introduce the youth and citizens of each other’s states to their art, culture, music, dance, festivals, language, costumes, traditions, tourist places.”
Through such events, youth become familiar with the culture of the country and states and their all-round development takes place. Our country is currently at a turning point and has the potential to shape the new world economy. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all of us to make India a developed nation with integrity, transparency, hard work, honesty and fairness, she added.
Students of Central Agricultural University, Tripura and Meghalaya Campus, RIMS and artists of JN Dance Akademi, Imphal showed enchanting cultural performances in the ceremony. M. Joy Singh, Commissioner (Art & Culture), Gyan Prakash, Commissioner, Vice Chancellors of Manipur University, DM University, Manipur Technical University, Manipur University of Culture and Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Padma awardees, Arjuna awardees, women journalists of Manipur, students and youths from Meghalaya and Tripura participated in the ceremony.