SHILLONG Jan 03: A group of citizens from Pune marked the 150th Death Anniversary of legendry Meghalaya freedom fighter Kiang Nongbah at the historic venue of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal in Pune on December 30 last year.
The program "Smaran Purvanchalatil Krantiveerache - Kiang Nongbah yancha 150 va Balidan Smaran Din" to remember the Meghalaya freedom fighter's martyrdom was organized jointly by Pune based Raje Shivray Pratishthan and My Home India, a NGO working for students and youths of North East in rest of India.
Sunil Deodhar, founder of My Home India, delivered a speech on the heroics of Kiang Nongbah against the British government and his valuable contribution to the freedom struggle of India.
"Many freedom fighters from North East India, like the revolutionary Kiang Nongbah laid down their lives fighting the British government for the freedom of India. However, their history is untold. There is a need to tell the history of freedom fighters from North East to the rest of India. It will encourage national integration and make people aware of the freedom struggle in North East India," said Deodhar.
On the occasion, Dr Ganesh Raut, a well known historian and professor from Pune, expressed the need of including chapters on social leaders and freedom fighters from North East India in the academic history books in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, a group of Meghalaya students in Pune sang patriotic song during the program. Dr Bhanudas Deshmukh, Mahesh Pawle, Shivaji Kharat and writer Shashidhar Bhave were also present on the occasion.