IMPHAL, Dec 12 - The 81st Nupi Lal Day was observed in Manipur today in remembrance of women freedom fighters who took part in the first and second Nupi Lals (women�s wars) against the Britishers in 1904 and 1939 respectively.
The State-level function was held in front of the Nupi Lal memorial complex here with limited participation in view of the COVID-19 protocols. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, his ministerial colleagues and top officials paid floral tribute at the memorial located in the heart of Imphal town in the morning.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, the Chief Minister said that Manipur had been observing the Nupi Lal Day every year to salute the courage and spirit shown by the women of the State who challenged the then mightiest world power.
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, ministers Th Biswajit (Works), S Rajen (Education), O Lukhoi (Agriculture), O Henry (Social Welfare), Vungzagin Valte (Tribal Affairs) and Th Satyabarta (Consumer Affairs), Rajya Sabha member Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs Dr Y Radheshyam, Khashim Vashum, H Dingo and P Brojen, Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, DGP LM Khaute and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Though the Nupi Lal memorial run was cancelled due to the pandemic, the day was also observed in a low-key manner at Singjamei. The BJP Mahila Morcha, the Nupi Lal Memorial Association (a drama troupe), the Nupi Lal and Khongjom War Memorial Society and others also observed the historic day, remembering the brave mothers who fought against the mass exploitation and artificial famine triggered by the British imperialists.