150th death anniversary of Meghalaya revolutionary observed

In a move to encourage national integration, a group of citizens from the city marked the 150th death anniversary of Meghalaya revolutionary Kiang Nongbah at Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal in Sadashiv Peth on Sunday. Nongbah was hanged by the British at Jovai in Jayantia Hills of Meghalaya on December 30, 1862.

The event was organised jointly by Pune-based Raje Shivray Pratishthan and My Home India, an NGO working for students and youths of North East. Sunil Deodhar, founder of My Home India, delivered a speech on the heroics of Nongbah and his valuable contribution to the freedom struggle of India. "Many freedom fighters from North East like the revolutionary Kiang Nongbah laid down their lives fighting the British government. However, their history is untold. I believe their stories should be told so that it encourages national integration," said Deodhar.

On the occasion, Dr Ganesh Raut, a historian and vice-principal of H V Desai College, Pune, expressed the need for including chapters on social leaders and freedom fighters from North East in the history books in Maharashtra.

A group of Meghalaya students presented a patriotic song during the programme.

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