Imphal, Jan. 9: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that that the Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh located at Langthabal would be developed as a site of historical importance. This was stated by him at the 184th Death Anniversary of the Maharaja Gambhir Singh held at the Samadhi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh at Langthabal today. The observation was organised by State Archaeology, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur.
Speaking as Chief Guest, Chief Minister said that a Museum would also be developed inside the premises of the Samadhi to enlighten the youths and present generation about the supreme sacrifices made by our forefathers during the Seven Years Devastation (1819-1826) to liberate Manipur. He asked the concerned Minister and officials of the Art and Culture Department to discuss with a reputed International Firm or Consultant for the development and beautification of the place. He urged the Department to install the statues of Nara Singh and Herachandra inside the Samadi of Maharaja Gambhir Singh.
Chief Minister directed the Department to consult historians and subject experts and to prepare a Blue Print and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of the Samadhi. The prepared DPR should be submitted to the Planning Department, he added. If the project needs more money then the government would approach NEC or NLCPR for the development of Samadhi.
On the occasion, Chief Minister said that we should feel proud about the supreme sacrifices and valour made by Maharaja Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and Herachandra for the liberation of Manipur from the clutches of the Burmese following the Seven Years Devastation. He mentioned that history is a fact which can be neither manipulated nor distorted by us. History taught us a lesson that disunity among ourselves was the main reason for the invasion by the foreign powers. If we want a united Manipur then we should leave aside the greed and selfish desires, he added.
Mentioning about the ethics to be maintained by the politicians, Chief Minister said that politicians would never succeed if they do not possess the nationalistic characteristics. If they posses such quality then there would be visible changes in the State, he added. He further maintained that they should be able to make sacrifice and commitment for the welfare, development and prosperity of the state. Those who don’t have patriotic felling and love for the country wouldn’t think and do nothing good for the people and society at large, he added.
Chief Minister appealed the people of the State to leave aside the idea of self interest but rather think for inclusive growth and development in the State. He said that let’s do some productive work to bring some positive changes in the State rather wasting our precious time.
Chief Minister led others in paying floral tributes to the portraits of Maharaja Gambhir Singh and Nara Singh. A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered a guard of honour and general salute and observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the Gambhir Singh, Nara Singh and others.
While delivering Presidential address, Minister for Art and Culture Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that the role of the government is to protect the territorial integrity and to uphold the sovereignty of the State. It is the responsibility of the government to work for the welfare of the people of the State, he added. Minister stated that the government need love, support and participation of the people to bring inclusive development in the State. He maintained that every issue can be resolved through dialogues.
Minister for CAF and PD Shri Karam Shyam, Minister for Education Shri Th. Radheshyam, Chairman MANIDCO Dr. Y. Radheshyam, MLAs Shri S. Subhaschandra, Shri P. Brojen, Shri S. Bira Singh, Shri Y. Surchandra, Shri L. Susindro Meitei, top civil and police officials and others attended the function.