|Manipur observes Nupi Lan Day|
IMPHAL, Dec 12 – The 75th Nupi Lan Day was observed today across Manipur to remember the two historic wars of 1904 and 1939 waged by Manipuri women against mass exploitation and artificial famine triggered by the British imperialists.
The Manipur Government marked the anniversary at the Nupi Lan Memorial Complex here. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh along with his Cabinet colleagues, including Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Chief Secretary, DGP of Manipur Police, other officials and students, among others, were present at the occasion.
Earlier at the Nupi Lan Memorial Complex, the Chief Minister led others in paying floral tribute to the statues of women who took part in the women’s war.
The Chief Minister in his speech solemnly appealed to all to follow the footsteps of imas (mothers) of Manipur and make a strong and prosperous State.
Ibobi recounted that distressing incidents of subjugation of people by the Manipur Maharaja, imposition of various taxes against them and existence of purity and pollution among different classes in the then society were some of the major factors that led to the Nupi Lan.
He narrated that the second Nupi Lan was set off by the indiscriminate export of rice from Manipur by businessmen with the support of the British rulers, forcing a famine-like situation in Manipur even though it was the harvest season.
“We’re celebrating the anniversary to honour the valiant women of Manipur,” he said. Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam also delivered a speech on the occasion. He regretted the increase in crimes against women and children in the State in recent times.
Gaikhangam cautioned that a third Nupi Lan is looming large in Manipur if the crime rate against women and children, which has lately taken a threatening shape, continues to shoot up even further.
He wished for a prosperous society where equality exists.
A play on Nupi Lan was presented by the Nupi Lan Memorial Society to mark the day. Besides, students and teachers from Bal Mukundev Government Music College presented songs admiring the Nupi Lan.