Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday laid the foundation stone of ̵6;Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’ in the state through video conferencing.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony at the City Convention Center in Imphal, where the main function was held.
The museum is to be set up at Luangkao village in Tamenglong district, the birthplace of freedom fighter Queen Gaidinliu, at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore, under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Addressing the gathering, the Union Home Minister said that the museum is being set up to honor the contribution made by the freedom fighters of the state during the freedom struggle against the British rule.
He said that such a museum would inculcate the spirit of nationalism among the youth in honor of the freedom fighters.
Highlighting the contribution of Rani Gaidinliu, Amit Shah said that the freedom fighter was given the title of ‘Rani’ for her courage.
Shah said that India’s freedom struggle would have been incomplete without the rebellions and rebellions that took place in different parts of the country.
Shah also lauded Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh for the substantial improvement in the law and order situation along with the development of infrastructure in various areas in the state.
Singh thanked the Prime Minister Narendra ModiThank you, Shah and Munda for deciding to set up museums in different states to remember the contribution of tribal freedom fighters.
Singh said that the museum will honor the unsung tribal heroes of Manipur and ensure that the legacy of their struggles and sacrifices is passed on to the generations to come.
“The museum will also instill a sense of pride in our history and contribution to nation building,” Singh said.
Rani Gaidinliu was born on January 26, 1915 in Nungkao village of Tamenglong district of Manipur. She was a spiritual and political leader who belonged to the Rongmei tribe of Manipur. At the age of 13, she joined the freedom movement and later led the socio-political movement to drive out the British. In 1932, he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. She spent 14 years in jail and was released only after India’s independence in 1947.
In 1972, she was awarded Tamara Patra by the Government of India for her contribution to the freedom movement. He also received Padma Bhushan in 1982. In 1996, the central government issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honour. The Center also released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 in 2015 to mark his 100th birth anniversary.