ZUF observed 106th Birth Anniversary of Rani Gaidinliu
The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) observed the 106th Birth Anniversary of Legendary Freedom fighter of Republic India Rani Gaidinliu and Republic Day of our country.
Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCOs) and prominent leaders of Zeliangrong were invited and the President of Zeliangrong Baudi Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
Mr. Athuan Abonmai graces the function as the Chief Guest. He extorted the need for Zeliangrong unity in pursue of our common goal for it attainment. He further said, Zeliangrong United Front is not a cessationist organisation. However, it compel to take up arm because Zeliangrong people, land and property were not secure.
The ZUF will strive forward upholding the Zeliangrong peoples demand for creation of Zeliangrong statehood within Indian Union until our cherish dreams is fulfilled as founded by Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu but will oppse LIM agenda.
The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) following the foot step of Rani Gaidinliu and shall continue to be a vanguard for our Zeliangrong and kindred community demanding a statehood within Indian union and not otherwise.
The Zeliangrong people want peace and tranquility and development as a result the ZUF had an alliance with the NNPGS and is a part of the Naga peace process.
We have submitted memorandum to the Prime Minister and Home Minister regarding our demand for necessary and positive consideration.
The Zeliangrong Civil Organisations (ZCOs) also submitted the memorandum to the Hon’ble Home Minister of India, Shri. Amit Shah on 27th December 2020 on his maiden visit to Manipur.
Rani Gaidinliu was born 26th January 1915 at Longkao (Nungkao) village, Tousem Sub-Division, Tamenglong District, Manipur. She was a great revolutionary and socio-political and religious activist. She continued the agitation against the British colonial power after the death of Haipou Jadonang. Jadonang was hanged to death by the British government for waging war against the British Government in the Zeliangrong country in particular and Nagas as a whole.
At 17, she valiantly led many guerilla forces to fight against the British, and became a target for the British forces. She persuaded Zeliangrong people not to pay taxes and not to cooperate with the British.
Her forces engaged in armed rebellion against the British in Cachar Hills on 16th February 1932 and in Hangrum village 18th March 1932. The British forces launched a manhunt for her, which forced her to go underground. She moved across villages of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. The British Government declared monetary rewards for any valuable information about her location, including a 10-year tax break for the informant.
The British authorities sent a special Assam Rifles contingent under Captain MacDonald to capture Gaidinliu
On October 17, 1932, the British forces launched a surprise attack on the village, and Gaidinliu and her followers were arrested without any resistance.
Thus, her movement for independent of India was cut short due to her arrest and was put behind bars for life and her movement against the mighty British came to an abrupt end.
She was released only after India’s Independence in 1947. In honour of her sacrificed towards the freedom struggle, the first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru bestowed the title Rani.
After India’s independence, Rani Gaidinliu campaigned for a separate Zeliangrong territory within the Union of India. She went underground from 1960-66 to fight against her adversary and organized an arm force of about a thousand men equipped rifles to defend and press for her demand for a common Zeliangrong Homeland. In 1966, after six years of living underground, she came out from her jungle hideout to work for the betterment of her people through peaceful, democratic and non-violent means, under an agreement with the Government of India. Thus, the Zeliangrong Peoples Convention (ZPC) was formed under her leadership in 1980, to demand for separate statehood for Zeliangrong kin tribes living in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
Amidst all the resistance and criticism from the different groups and individuals, Rani Gaidinliu was awarded the Tamrapatra Freedom Fighter Award in 1972, the Padma Bhushan (1982) and the Vivekananda Seva Award (1983). Posthumously, she was also conferred the Birsa Munda Award, and the Government of India issued a postal stamp in her honour in 1996. Additionally, in 2015, the Government of India also issued a commemorative coin in her honour. She died on 17 February 1993 at the age of 78.
The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) today honoured her in a fitting manner to a great daughter of our soil on her birth day the 26th. January which also a great day for our country as we Celebrate India’s Republic Day.
Jai hind and Zeliangrong Ringtelou!!!.
26th Jan. 2021.
Sd/- H. Kamson
Zeliangrong United Front