SHILLONG, Dec 30: Today’s youth should follow the footsteps of the great men in Khasi and Jaintia history like U Tirot Sing and U Kiang Nangbah who have dedicated their life for the state, stressed State Deputy Chief Minister, BM Lanong whiel speaking at a public function organized by the Kiang Nangbah Death Anniversary Commemoration Committee at Sein Raij Dorbar Hall, Qualapatty here on Sunday to observe the 150th Death Anniversary of the Jaintia legend.
“The youth should follow the life style of U Kiang Nangbah who has a great influence,” Lanong adding “If any youth had been inspired by the life of such great heroes like U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Sangma, then our society would not have become what it is today.”
Stressing on the need to emulate the life of the great men, Lanong said the people of the state especially the youth need to follow the footsteps of the great men in Khasi and Jaintia History like U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Sangma.
Jaiaw legislator, Paul Lyngdoh said that great men of the state like U Tirot Sing, Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Sangma who fought bravely against the British, deserve as much attention and respect as the other great men of the country. He rued that very little or nothing is being highlighted about the movement by these great men in the history of the country.
The UDP Working president also said that till date, citizens of the state are still denied justice, the same denial the Khasis and Jaintias experienced during the colonial imperialism.
“Through-out history, we can see that money as one of the influence which made many leaders and freedom fighters become victims of betrayal and brought about defeat. This only goes to remind us that money can influence and could to the extent compel a person to sell his/her moral values,” Lyngdoh said.
Earlier, Lyngdoh released a book published by the Sein Raij entitled ‘The Sacrifice’ and later, Deputy Chief Minister BM Lanong gave away the ‘Kiang Nangbah Sesquicentenary Commemoration Award’ to Dr Shobhan N Lamare, an associate professor in the History department, NEHU.
The Kiang Nangbah Death Anniversary Commemoration Committee general secretary Dr Omarlin Kyndiah also gave a memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister and apprised him about cleaning the areas where the legend’s statues are placed, as the concerned authorities are not taking proper care of it.
Others who were present at the occasion included retired HOD of History Department, SEC Prof Abhijit Choudhury, Sein Raij Vice President Duhai Rangat besides others.