IMPHAL, Nov 14: Leader like Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru is rare in this country. He was made the first Prime Minister of India because of his scholarly acumen. Nehru’s commitment for the cause India’s independence was paramount.
This was stated by the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, during the 125th birth anniversary observation held at Congress Bhawan today at Imphal.
The CM speaking as the chief guest of the function maintained that Nehru was a visionary leader whose sacrificial spirit for the welfare of the nation was exemplary. The title of ‘Chacha Nehru’ was given to him for his fondness of children, and his birthday has been observed as the Children’s Day all over the country.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam, who was the president of the observation, said that Nehru was the architect of modern India. He was a prominent leader, who led the nation in its freedom struggle against British colonialism, Gaikhangam added.
Nehru had special regards for the children; he wanted the children to be moulded in such a way that they should be able to lead the country as strong pillars of the nation, Gaikhangam added.
Further he continued that it is high time for the present generation to follow the path Nehru had taken and work harder to fulfil his dream of a strong and developed India.
It seems observance of Nehru’s birth anniversary, which is also known as Children’s Day has dwindled down during the last few years, he further said.
Taking this into view, the high command of the Congress has specifically notified to observe Nehru’s birth anniversary in a big scale; and therefore the Congress party is observing the anniversary in a bigger scale than before, Gaikhangam pointed out.
The observation was organised by the 125th Birth Anniversary of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru Celebration Committee of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, with the main function held at it Bhawan, BT Road Imphal.
During the observation, cabinet ministers, MLAs and a host of Congress leaders and workers were present. Floral tributes were led to the statue of Nehru as a mark of respect to the leader.
Earlier in the morning, a rally under the theme “Run For Future” was flagged off from the Congress Bhawan jointly by the CM deputy CM and Social Welfare minister AK Mirabai. The rally covered areas like Khoyathong, Nagamapal, Wahengbam Leikai, Keishampat, Paona Bazar and culminated at the BT road.
During the rally, slogans hailing the name of Nehru and MPCC were raised by Congress volunteers and supporters.
As part of the observation a State level spot painting competition was organised. In group A, Laiphrakpam Rohit Singh, son of L Kameshwar Singh, Laipham khunou Makha Leikai of Don Bosco School stood first.
The second position was bagged by Shahil Shahni, son of Md Islamudin Khan, Kairang Awang Leikai of DAV public School. The third position went to Khistina Irengbam, daughter of I Ibomcha Singh, Uripok Bachaspati Leikai of Nirmalabas School.
In group B, Telem Khaidem sonof Kh Nabacahndra, Keirang Maning Leikai of DAV public School stood first, Lanchenba Wairokpam, son of W Kesho, Lambou Khongnagkhong of Blooming Dale School stood second; while the third position went to Janita Nameirakpam, daughter of Jayanta N, Chinga Makha of Kindergarten Monteshori.