Manipur recalls Netaji on his birth anniversary

INA veterans and their descendants in Manipur joined the nation in paying tributes to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s 124th birth anniversary. Indian National Army’s memorial at Moirang in Manipur’s Bishnupur district has become a pilgrim center since it was here INA flag was first unfurled in India on April 14,1944 during the second World War. The credit went to Commander Shaukat Hayat Malik of Bahadur Group led brave hearts for capturing the historic town and setting up its India’s headquarters for planning strategies for the INA against the Allied forces comprising then British Empire, United States of America, then The Soviet Union and some other nations . Elders of Moirang narrated   the harrowing days during the INA movement. A book titled ‘’INA and Manipur: An Unforgettable Battle    for India’s Independence’’ was released by Amar Yumnam, Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, at the varsity’s Conference Hall.

A panel discussion was also held on the occasion to commemorate Netaji’s birth anniversary Reiterated Lt General Konsam Himalay Singh and   L N Singh, also a retired Lt General, recalled three months of provisional INA government’s contribution to India’s Independence. Chief Minister N Biren Singh said he was delighted to have attended the Inaugural Keynote Lecture on “Subhas Chandra Bose, INA & Contributions of Manipur” chaired by Ram Madhab and launching Manipur Thinkers Forum at INA Memorial Hall in Moirang. Moirang, incidentally, is about 45 kms from Imphal, capital of the NE state, and is a very sacred place for the Manipuri people. It holds an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity, Lord Thangjing. Image on INA memorial at Moirang. courtesy: The Hindu

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