Manipuri warrior proven as tribal freedom fighter, comedian writer says sorry

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Amar Chitra Katha Executive Editor Reena Puri on Sunday issued an apology for together with Manipuri navy hero Paonam Brajabasi of their assortment “Tribal Leaders of the Freedom Struggle’’ as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration.

The apology comes two days after 4 Imphal-based pupil our bodies — AMSU, MSF, KSA and SUK — banned the comedian e-book, objecting to the inclusion of Brajabasi within the version.

Amar Chitra Katha has introduced out the version of comics in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Culture.

Brajabasi was a navy officer within the Manipuri kingdom of Kangleipak and fought towards the British within the Anglo-Manipur struggle of 1891. The struggle occurred when the British tried to regulate the rulership of Manipur, inserting their very own ruler within the King’s seat resulting in an rebellion. It is believed that Brajabasi acquired a suggestion to work for the British and when he refused, he was executed.

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“The 1891 struggle has nothing to do with the Indian freedom wrestle in anyway. The Manipuri navy was defending our kingdom. Then how may it’s included on this Amrit Chitra Katha e-book? Moreover, Manipuris are usually not tribals, so how may the federal government embrace Brajabasi’s story in a e-book about tribal freedom fighters? This is extremely condemnable,’’ Joint Students Coordination Committee convener S Bidyananda informed The Indian Express.

In the apology, Puri mentioned: “Amar Chitra Katha regrets using the story of the Manipuri warrior, Paonam Brajabasi, of their assortment Tribal Leaders of the Freedom Struggle, revealed in association with Ministry of Culture, as a part of actions to commemorate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The identify of the warrior was inadvertently positioned within the listing of tribal warriors. We have eliminated the story from the gathering and apologise for any misery brought on to the Manipuri folks.’’

“Brajabasi is an important figure of Manipur. His story does not exist simply to give leverage to the state. The inclusion is an act of appropriation by the Centre. Though this is not first such case, the government should have kept in mind the historical accuracy. He was neither tribal nor the war was related to the Independence movement. The government is pushing the idea of a unitary, singular India, which is problematic. And through this homogenisation, the Centre is not allowing Manipuris to retain their unique collective memories,’’ said Manipuri university teacher Homen Thangjam. Sources in the Culture Ministry, meanwhile, said “mistakes can happen”.

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The ministry is charged with placing out tales of 75 freedom fighters. It has already introduced out three editions — the primary on 20 girls freedom fighters, second on 15 girls constituent meeting members and the third on 20 tribal freedom fighters.

“There are a whole lot of freedom fighters we’re and it’s a lengthy course of to shortlist the names. We try to symbolize every state. We ahead the listing of unsung heroes to Amar Chitra Katha they usually additional shortlist the names, based mostly on their analysis. They had already reduce out 4-5 names from the e-book on tribal freedom fighters after realising that the names proposed weren’t tribals. So, after all it’s attainable that there was a mistake,’’ mentioned a supply within the Culture Ministry.

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