As a tribute to the freedom fighters, the Central government has decided to rename Mount Harriet, an island peak in Andaman and Nicobar islands, as Mount Manipur.
The announcement was made by Union home minister Amit Shah while addressing a public function at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar islands on Saturday.
Shah said that Manipur had a significant contribution in resisting the British in the entire Northeast during the 1857 Revolution and also in 1891.
"Manipur never gave up and the people there continued to fight. Manipur was the only state that had implemented its own constitution. Though Manipur was under British occupation for a long time, the freedom fighters of Manipur always fought the British tooth and nail in battle. Manipuri war hero Yuvraj Tikendrajit and General Thangal were publicly hanged in Fida, Imphal," said Shah.
He added, "The British thought that by hanging them, they had crushed the Freedom Movement, but it did not happen. After that Maharaja Kulchandra Dhwaja Singh and 22 freedom fighters were sent to Kala Pani and they were kept here on Mount Harriet, an island. In his memory, we would like to honor his contribution by naming Mount Harriet as Mount Manipur."
The Union Home Minister further mentioned that the Manipur government also wants to build a memorial at the island.
"This memorial will inspire tourists, the youth and the younger generation across the country on how to fight with limited resources. They still fought a battle in which defeat was certain and it was also certain that either the death penalty or the punishment of Kala Pani would be handed out. Those who died and those who survived came here and were imprisoned. It is this spirit of freedom that has given us a free India and we can never forget them," Shah said.
Mount Harriet is the third-highest island peak in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Manipur’s Maharaja Kulchandra Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were imprisoned at this island during the Anglo-Manipuri war (1891).
Expressing happiness on hearing the news, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh in a series of tweet said, “In a fitting tribute to Maharaja Kulachandra & other Manipuri freedom fighters imprisoned at Mt Harriet in Kalapani, Hon’ HM Sh @AmitShah Ji has renamed Mt Harriet as Mt Manipur. We’re immensely thankful to PM @narendramodi Ji & Amit Shah Ji for such a great honour of our heroes.”
“Further Hon’ HM Sh @AmitShah Ji has also announced that the Central Govt will assist Manipur in establishing a memorial site at Mt Manipur in Andaman Nicobar Island. The process for signing lease agreement between Andaman Government and Manipur Government is under process.”
In another tweet, Singh said, "Yet again, PM @narendramodi Ji & HM @AmitShah Ji has kindly given most befitting recognition to Manipur’s contribution to The Freedom Struggle, sealing for us a connection with national history. Indebted forever, Manipur salutes your leadership. Thank you."
Assam Chief Minister and NEDA convener, Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, "enaming of Mt Harriet in Andaman & Nicobar as Mt Manipur is a fitting tribute to roles played by Maharaja Kulachandra & other freedom fighters from NE region. On occasion of Azadi ka Amrutmahautsav, we thank Adarniya @narendramodi ji & @amitshah ji’s for this historic decision."