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�Manipur Independence Day� celebrated

By Newmai News

IMPHAL, Aug 14 - Various civil society organisations today celebrated the 73rd �Manipur Independence Day�, remembering the historic day on which the British left the then kingdom of Manipur, marking the end of the colonial rule.

Various functions were held at several levels by the civil society organisations, commemorating the day by hoisting the flag of the then kingdom of Manipur.

At a function held at the Sana Konung (royal palace) in Imphal, the titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba, unfurled the flag of Manipur. The event was organised by the Coalition For Indigenes� Rights Campaign (CIRCA).

Speaking on the occasion, the titular king remembered the historic event of freedom of the then Manipur kingdom from the British colonial rule and said that celebration of the day should not be viewed as anti-India. �We are celebrating the day only to remember the historic event so that the future generations are aware of it,� he said.

The titular king added that after keeping Manipur under its rule from 1891, the British freed Manipur on the intervening night of August 14 and 15, 1947, and the Manipur national flag was hoisted at 7.10 am on August 15.

The titular king urged the civil society organisations celebrating the historic event not to create confusion among the people by hoisting different flags, while stressing the need for an in-depth research on the flag which was hoisted on that historic day.

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�Manipur Independence Day� celebrated

IMPHAL, Aug 14 - Various civil society organisations today celebrated the 73rd �Manipur Independence Day�, remembering the historic day on which the British left the then kingdom of Manipur, marking the end of the colonial rule.

Various functions were held at several levels by the civil society organisations, commemorating the day by hoisting the flag of the then kingdom of Manipur.

At a function held at the Sana Konung (royal palace) in Imphal, the titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba, unfurled the flag of Manipur. The event was organised by the Coalition For Indigenes� Rights Campaign (CIRCA).

Speaking on the occasion, the titular king remembered the historic event of freedom of the then Manipur kingdom from the British colonial rule and said that celebration of the day should not be viewed as anti-India. �We are celebrating the day only to remember the historic event so that the future generations are aware of it,� he said.

The titular king added that after keeping Manipur under its rule from 1891, the British freed Manipur on the intervening night of August 14 and 15, 1947, and the Manipur national flag was hoisted at 7.10 am on August 15.

The titular king urged the civil society organisations celebrating the historic event not to create confusion among the people by hoisting different flags, while stressing the need for an in-depth research on the flag which was hoisted on that historic day.