Naga Freedom fighter Jadonang remembered on death anniversary

Wreaths and floral tributes were paid and a silent prayer was offered as a mark of respect and honour to the great leader.

Naga freedom fighter Haipou Jadonang was widely remembered in Tamenglong district on his 89th death anniversary on Saturday. Wreaths and floral tributes were paid and a silent prayer was offered as a mark of respect and honour to the great leader.

The Haipou Jadonang Death Anniversary Committee under the aegis of the Zeliangrong Union Tamenglong organised the day at the Memorial Jadonang Park Tamenglong district headquarters early Tuesday. Zeliangrong Union Assam, Manipur and Nagaland vice president Namdinang Daimei spoke about a brief history of Haipou Jadonang. Zeliangrongpui Naga Customary Research Society Tamenglong chairman Ngamthuiyang Pamei also spoke on the occasion.

Another programme of state-level Haipou Jadonang Martyr’s Day observation under the theme ‘Political Aspiration of Haipou Jadonang at the backdrop of British Colonialism’ was held at the Indoor stadium Tamenglong. Retired IAS RH Gonmei, as a resource person, spoke on the theme and pointed out the need to study deeply the history of Haipou Jadonang. The programme was jointly organised by the Rongmei Naga Students Organisation Manipur in collaboration with the Rongmei Naga Council Manipur, Rongmei Naga Youth organisation and Rongmei Luh Phuam Tamenglong zone.

Central administrative officer GPRN/NSCN Zeilad Region George Golmei in his exhortation speech mentioned that the Naga national movement which came up to signing of the Framework Agreement is the footprint of Haipou Jadonang. “Haipou Jadonang from his early life had a great consciousness for his people. He opposed paying hill house tax to the British and knowing that Naga in Manipur would not be able to conquer the British,” he said.

Jadonang’s campaign to oppose and fight against the British reached Naga Hills in Nagaland, he narrated. The forefathers had done in their capacity to bring the Naga solution. Now, the present era has much to do and people of Rongmei and its cognate tribe Zeme, Liangmei and Inpui need to work harder for the Naga issue following the footprints of Haipou Jadonang, he said.

The Zeilad Region CAO also mentioned that Haipou Jadonang was wrongly accused in the murder case while looking for a fault to be killed. He was hanged on August 29 in 1931.

The 89th Death Anniversary of freedom fighter Haipou Jadonang was also observed at his birthplace Puiluan (Kambiron) village under Nungba police station of Noney district. Rich floral tributes with gun salutes were paid at his tomb situated at old upper Puiluan. Cultural items were showcased.

Meanwhile, maintaining strict SOPs the Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak Phom (a religious council), Assam, Manipur and Nagaland observed the day at the head office of TRC Guest House, Chingmeirong, Imphal with TRCP Muh (priest) pou Kalaona Daimei and TRCP vice president pou Dimrei Remei as presidium members.

President AZACO, pou Poudongai Kamson delivered a speech at length on the life history of the martyr Haipou Jadonang, stated a release. Religious hymns were chanted and a minute silence was observed. Floral tributes were paid as part of the observation, it added.

First Published:Aug. 30, 2020, 8:38 a.m.