Under the aegis of 22 Sect AR/ IGAR(E), 44 Assam Rifles, Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav was celebrated at Tamenglong district headquarters Monday to commemorate the 91st anniversary of Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi and to mark 75 years of Indian Independence.
During the programme, floral tributes were paid to the freedom fighters and remembered the struggle and sacrifices of Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Gaidinliu, Haipou Jadonang and other national heros at the grand function. The programme was led by Commandant of Tamenglong battalion. Civil Administration, CRPF, CSOs, NGO, and Civilians also took part in this unique tribute to great national freedom fighters with singing of patriotic songs.
The freedom struggles and contributions of Rani Gaidinliu and Haipou Jadonang were highlighted in the programme and urged the youth to uphold patriotism and pay homage to the legendary freedom fighters from the soil of Manipur.
Rani Gaidinliu, also known as Rani Maa, was an exponent of Haipou Jadonang who launched religious movement to reform Zeliangrong Naga community which later became political struggle to uproot British colonialism from Manipur and Naga inhabited areas, under the movement called as Naga Raj Movement. Rani Gaidinliu emerged as an active leader of British resistance before she was arrested in 1932 by British authorities.
The commandant also urged the youth to bring upliftment and development in the society. He also motivated the gathered youth to join security forces and asked them to preserve, protect and enrich the hard earned freedom to promote a sense of national integration and commitment. The commandant also highlighted various development activities being carried out by the unit in the locality.
As a part of the programme, five km walkathon from Jadonang park of Tamenglong town towards Old Tamenglong village junction and back was also held.