Manipur : Amit Shah To Lay Foundation Stone Of “Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum” At Tamenglong

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Union Minister of Home Affairs & Cooperation, Amit Shah will virtually lay the foundation stone for setting-up the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal freedom fighters Museum at Luangkao village, Tamenglong District today at 12 PM at the City Convention Center, Imphal East.

The event will be attended by the Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh; Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda, and other dignitaries.

According to reports, an estimated amount of Rs 15 crore has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India for the construction of this museum.

Its worthy to note that the renowned freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu was born in Luangkao Village of Tamenglong district.

Accordingly, the state cabinet identified the concerned region for the erection of this museum, and name it after Rani Gaidinliu.

Born on January 26, 1915 at Luangkao Village now in Taosem Sub-Division under Tamenglong District of Manipur state, Rani Gaidinliu – the Naga spiritual and political leader, who led an armed uprising against the British in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam belonged to the Rongmei tribe (also known as Kabui).

Rani Gaidinliu at the age of 13 associated with Jadonang and became his lieutenant in throughout his social, religious and political movements. Gaidinliu, along with her cousin Haipou Jadonang joined the Heraka movement, which aimed at revival of the Naga tribal religion and establishing self-rule of the Nagas (Naga Raj) ending the British rule.

Its pertinent to note that Haipou Jadonang was a spiritual and political Rongmei Naga leader from Manipur who fought for freedom from the clutches of the British colonial rule.

After Jadonang, Gaidinliu took up the leadership of this movement, and valiantly fought against the British.

Gaidinliu commenced a serious revolt against the British after the martyrdom of Jadonang, which led to her imprisonment by the Britishers for 14 years.

Finally released in 1947, her role in the struggle against Britishers was highly acknowledged, which led to her introduction as “Rani”.

Released from Tura Jail after India attained Independence, the renowned freedom fighter passed away on February 17, 1993 at her native village Luangkao.

She was conferred with the Tamrapatra in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1982, Vivekananda Sewa Summan in 1983, Stree Shakti Purashkar in 1991 and Bhagwan Birsa Munda Puraskar in 1996 posthumosly.

However, the Government of India (GoI) on 1996 also issued a Commemorative Stamp of Rani Gaidinliu.

On the occasion of her birth centenary commemoration function in 2015, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi released a Coin of Hundred Rupees and Coin of Five Rupees.

The Indian Coast Guard have also commissioned a Fast Patrol Vessel “ICGS Rani Gaidinliu” on October 19, 2016.

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