Imphal: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday laid a foundation stone of Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at City Convention Center in Manipur through video conferencing.

The museum will be constructed at Luangkao village in Manipur’s Tamenglong district, the birthplace of renowned tribal woman freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu. 

The project has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs at an estimated amount of Rs 15 crore.

According to the tribal affairs ministry, the foundation stone for the museum was laid as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav week, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 15 as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union minister said, “Rani Gaidinliu was born on January 26, 1915, at Luangkao village, in Tousem Sub-Division under Tamenglong District, Manipur. At the age of 13, Gaidinliu was associated with Jadonang and became his lieutenant in his social, religious and political movement. After the execution of Jadonang, Gaidinliu took up the leadership of the movement.” 

Gaidinliu started a revolt against the British after the martyrdom of Jadonang for which she was imprisoned by the Britishers for 14 years and finally released in 1947, he said.

It may be mentioned that Rani Gaidinliu was awarded 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, posthumously. 

The Government of India had also issued a commemorative stamp of Rani Gaidinliu in 1996. 

On the occasion of her birth centenary commemoration function in 2015, the Prime Minister had released a coin of Rs 100 and circulation coin of Rs 5. The Indian Coast Guard commissioned a Fast Patrol Vessel “ICGS Rani Gaidinliu” on October 19, 2016, it said.

The union home minister also lauded Chief Minister N Biren Singh for maintaining peace in the state.

“In less than five years, under the PM Modi’s direction, you have brought peace and order to the state,” commended the union home minister.

During the foundation laying ceremony, CM Singh, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda, cabinet ministers and other dignitaries were also present.

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