Intro: A mega programme would be organised at Haflong on January 26, 2015 to celebrate Rani Maa’s Birth Centenary by Zeliangrong Heraka Association.
A national committee to celebrate birth centenary of Rani Maa Gaidinliu was formally constituted in Guhawati on May 4. Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury will be national president while Shri Dipok Barthakur will be the working president. Shri Ajit Kumar Jana is general secretary, Shri Mahabir Prasad Mundhra treasurer, Shri Dinesh Goenka joint treasurer, Shri Takeing Jeme coordinator and Shri Ramesh Babu are the joint coordinators.
Shri Atul Jog, national joint organising secretary of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram pointed out that the Kalyan Ashram’s work in Nagaland began with the assistance of Rani Maa Gaidinliu and Zeliangrong Heraka Association. Prof. Gangmumei Kamei said, Rani Gaidinliu was a freedom fighter and spiritual leader par excellence from Lungkao Village, presently in Manipur State. Unfortunately, her freedom struggle and sacrifice for the cause of nation did not get much attention from the nation like other freedom fighters. She challenged the mighty British rule and because of that the British Parliament described her as a “terror of North-east”. She spent her youthful days of 15 long years in various jails at Guwahati, Shillong, Aizawl and Tura etc.
Shri Ramkuiwangbe Newmei threw light on various programmes of Zeliangrong Heraka Association, an organisation of followers of eternal Naga religion, founded by Rani Gaidinliu. For this purpose a Rath Yatra was organised for ten days starting from Haflong on March 16, 2014. Shri Newmei informed that several other befitting programmes at village level and zonal level will be organised to educate the people about the life of Rani Maa. He informed the gathering about the mega programme which will be organised at Haflong on January 26, 2015 to celebrate Rani Maa’s Birth Centenary by Zeliangrong Heraka Association.
After assuming the charge of the committee Shri Nirmal Kumar Choudhury exhorted every section of the society to cooperate with the committee to fulfill the aims and objectives of popularising the freedom struggle spearheaded by Rani Maa Gaidinliu which has so far not been given due attention. The committee has been constituted to organise programmes throughout the country to throw light on various aspects of freedom movement and religious awakening undertaken by Rani Gaidinliu.
Vice presidents for the committee include Shri Ramkuiwangbe Newmei (Haflong), Shri Lonki Phangchu (Ghy), Dr Umesh Chakravarty (Nalbari), Dr Nandita Chowdhury (Ghy), and Dr Priyam Goswami (Ghy), Er. Rinomo Sungoh (Shillong), Shri HK Damor (Rajasthan), Shri BhushanLal Parashar (Delhi), Shri Kripa Prasad Singh (Ranchi), Shri Vinayakrao Irapate (Nagpur), Dr Jyotsna Bhattacharjee (Ghy), Dr Bilasini Devi (Imphal) and
Dr Nagendra Nath Sharma (Mangaldoi). Similarly joint general secretaries are Dr TK Sarma (Ghy), Smt Anima Sharma (Jagiroad), Dr Sudheshna Bhattacharya (Ghy), Shri Nakaulang Jeme (Ghy), Shri Hurui Zeliang (Dimapur), Advocate Binod Jain (Ghy), Shri Chaoba Kamson (Imphal), Smt. Bina Bora (Dibrugarh), Shri Techi Gubin (Itanagar), Shri Pannalal Bhansali (Delhi) Shri Jagdamba Mall (Gorakhpur).
An advisory board comprising highly dignified personalities was also constituted. The Board members are Avanihati Satra’s Satradhikari Pujya Dr Pitambardev Goswami, Swami Sadhananadji Maharaj (Bharat Sevashram Sangh), Dr Krishna Gopal (Sah Sarkaryavah, RSS), Shri Jagdeoram Oraon (Kalyan Ashram, Jashpur Nagar), Shri Dinesh Chandra (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) Pramilatai Medhe (Rashtra Sevika Samiti), Sushri B Nivedita (vice president, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari), and Shri JP Rajkhowa (former Chief Secretary of Assam, Guwahati), Shri Jaleshwar Brahma (Kalyan Ashram, Guwahati), Prof Gangmumei Kamei (National Fellow, Imphal), Shri BB Jamatiya (Janjati Faith & Culture Protection Forum) and Dr RD Chowdhury (former Director General, National Museum). In addition to the above there are 50 members of this committee.