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Nupi Lal Day observed in Manipur

Women taking part in the Nupi Lal Day memorial run in Imphal on Thursday. – Photo: Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Dec 12 - The 80th Nupi Lal Day was observed across Manipur today in remembrance of the women freedom fighters who took part in the first and second Nupi Lal (Women’s War) against the Britishers.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar attended the State-level function held in front of the Nupi Lal Memorial Complex near the General Post Office here.

Biren Singh stressed the need to have a “collective approach” to resolve issues confronting the State. He also asserted that there is a need for another Nupi Lal to fight against various problems prevailing in the society such as drug menace, alcoholism, etc.

Highlighting the unique qualities of women in the State, the Chief Minister said that it is indeed a matter of pride that many Manipuri women are at the forefront in various fields in the country. Manipur topped in women’s ownership of micro, small and medium enterprise businesses in the country, besides holding many top posts in government departments, he said.

Biren Singh said the Government is planning to shift to another venue from next year in view of the inconvenience caused to the public due to today’s function.

In his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh stressed the role of women in nation building. Earlier, the Chief Minister, other ministers, MLAs and officials paid floral tribute on the Nupi Lal memorial statues.

A play on Nupi Lal by the Nupi Lal Memorial Association and Khongjom War Memorial Society was staged as part of the observance. In the first Nupi Lal in 1904, women rose up in arms against the British Government’s order to use men as “forced labourers” for construction works in Imphal. In the second Nupi Lal in 1939, thousands of women marched to the State Durbar Hall, demanding a ban on export of rice as floods had caused extensive damage to crops that year.

In the morning, the 28th edition of the Nupi Lal memorial run was held in which nearly 2,000 women ran from the Imphal Post Office to the Singjamei supermarket here.

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