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Thu, 20 Sep 2018

Northeast Today

Kakching World War II Memorial Run 2018 Programme Held

Kakching World War II Memorial Run 2018 Programme Held
September 10
13:38 2018

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Dr.Najma Heptulla Governor of Manipur appealed the gathering to remember the sacrifices of those soldiers who died in Manipur during the Second World War. They were the valiant soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj who fought for India’s Independence, soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army and those of the Allied Forces. Adding that both sides lost heavily and thousands were killed during those few months in what is recorded as Britain’s biggest land battle during the Second World War. They laid down their lives far away from their homes in this place, which most of them never knew it existed before they were sent for the battle.

The Governor said that the event was to remember those people of Manipur who suffered during the war, as Kakching occupied a prominent place in the history of the Second World War fought in Manipur. There was heavy deployment of the Allied Forces in and around Kakching and its Airfield. It served as the nerve-centre of the supply line and offensive moves of these forces as Kakching was the target for the Japanese forces for the reason, she added. She also mentioned that the battle in Manipur had a unique feature as the Azad Hind Fauj fought for India’s Independence alongside the Japanese forces and on the other hand, Indian soldiers were also fighting on the side of the British. Many of them were martyred along with the Japanese and the British soldier.

The Governor complimented the participants from various countries whose citizens had died in Kakching, for the trouble they have taken to take part in the run. This shows that even if the historical misadventure occurred more than 70 years back, their countries and people have not forgotten them. War throughout history have rendered millions dead and many more injured, besides damaging the economy of both the victor and the vanquished, she added.

The Governor stated that in war there is no victory in true sense, as both sides suffered tremendous losses not only in terms of human life but also in terms of damages to environment and disruption of political, social, cultural and economic systems. With time, the horrors of the Battle of Imphal have eroded and now the opposing parties have become friends. For the Indians, they were on both side. The Chief Guest urged the gathering to pray for the departed souls for all those who were killed and not for particular sides or nationalities.

She praised Kakching and its people, saying that war was the thing of the past, the place is now considered as one of the most progressive towns in Manipur. It is also known as the granary of the State. She was impressed by the people of Kakching as they are enterprising and hard working. These positive qualities manifest in the challenges they have taken up in any sphere of life, she added. She appreciated the Kakching Runners and the Assam Rifles for organizing the Run in memory of the Second World War Martyrs. By bringing both sides together, a significant platform for reconciliation, understanding and peace has been created. She was glad that the Runners from different state and outside have come together to join the Run and pay homage to all those who were killed in the battle. It is praiseworthy that the organizers have made no distinction from whose side the brave soldier fought. Let us all strive for attaining the ideal of global peace where violence is eschewed in all its forms, she added.

Expressing admiration of the elderly man and women who participated in the function, the Governor said that this shows age has no meaning, age is a quality of mind, if you left your dream behind, if hope is cold, if you no longer looked ahead, that means you are old but in life if you keep and take the best, as long as you hold the people you love, no matter how the days go by, no matter how the bird is flying, You Are Not Old.

Prior to the function, a marathon was organized participated by runners from within the state and from Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Punjab and also foreign participants from Dubai and Kenya.

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