TUIBONG, Oct 19 - Paying rich homage to Kuki freedom fighters, a centenary meet to commemorate the Anglo-Kuki war (1917-19) was held at Tuibong, about 60 km south of Imphal in Churachandpur district, on Wednesday.
Manipur Health Minister L Jayentakumar Singh attended the historic event in which prominent Kuki leaders and village chiefs were present.
Saluting the immense sacrifice made by Kuki leaders in the past, minister Jayentakumar, who once worked as a judicial magistrate in the area before joining politics, marked the occasion as momentous for Kukis as well as other people. �We should try to fulfil the ideals of our glorious forefathers,� he said.
The minister announced that a heart care unit would be opened at the district hospital in the Churachandpur headquarters by next month. The Government is also planning to build a seven-bed dialysis unit and a 10-bed cancer unit in the district hospital, he added.
Many other dignitaries also spoke during the day�s event. President of the Kuki National Organisation PS Haokip, in a media release, said that the Anglo-Kuki war anniversary was observed to remember the struggle the forefathers had waged to preserve the integrity of the ancestral land on the hills of present-day Manipur.
The commemoration date for the Anglo-Kuki war or the Kuki rising (1917-1919) is October 17 as on this fateful day in 1917, the Lonpi village in present-day Chandel district of Manipur, was burnt down, he said.
Earlier in the day, a monolith in memory of the gallant Kuki chiefs and commoners who fought for their rights against the imperial rulers, was unveiled with a traditional gun salute by the Kuki Chief Association, Churachandpur, at Songpi village, about 3 km south-west of the Churachandpur district headquarters.
Colourful performances by the Lamhil Kuki Cultural Research Centre, a Mizo cultural troupe, a Zou cultural troupe, ICI central choir, KCC Tuibong church choir and artistes Kugaa and Kapu were the other highlights of the event, which was organised by the Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Commemoration Committee.