Imphal, Apr 16 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has said that Manipur has a special place in the hearts of all Indians for its participation in the struggle to free India from the British rule.
Addressing the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Adimjati Shiksha Ashram here yesterday, Mukherjee said: "In the history of our struggle against colonialism, the King of Manipur was amongst the last to surrender to the British. Manipur was the first place liberated from the British by the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose."
"Leaders such as Bir Tikendrajit Singh and Rani Gaidinliu from Manipur have made great contribution to India's Independence movement," he added.
The President further said the objective of freedom was not mere transfer of power but freedom from political slavery, economic bondage and cultural stagnation.
He said many parts of the north east have not got the full benefit of the process of development that was initiated through our five year plans.
"This deficiency should be made up through collective effort and contribution," he added. (ANI)