A delegation of the Anglo-Kuki War 1917- 1919 Centenary Commemoration Committee called on Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Sunday.
Informing this on her Twitter handle, Manipur Governor Heptulla stated on Sunday: “A Delegation of Anglo- Kuki War 1917- 1919 Centenary Commemoration Committee called on me today.”
According to history, the Kukis, who have inhabited the Northeast India from the ancient times fought one of the toughest wars against the British in India and its adjoining areas, particularly in the Myanmar region in the form of the Great Anglo-Kuki War that took place in 1917-1919 AD.
For the Kukis, World War-I was crucial as they refused to join the Labour Corps of the British. The British had demanded recruits to the Corps and the Manipur king promised 2,000 men. But, the Kuki chiefs refused to join and instead declared war in 1917.
The Kukis’ conflict with the British lasted for two years and claimed many lives. It has been variously called the ‘Great Kuki Rebellion’, the ‘Kuki Rising’, the ‘Anglo-Kuki War’ and the ‘Zou Gaal’.
Last year on October 17, a solemn centenary commemoration of Anglo-Kuki War (1917-1919) was held at Lonpi village in Chandel district with the theme “In defence of our ancestral land and freedom” under the auspices of the Anglo-Kuki War Centenary Commemoration Committee and Celebration Committee 2017.
A Delegation of Anglo- Kuki War 1917- 1919 Centenary Commemoration Committee called on me today. pic.twitter.com/TnJ2YOM4xv
— Najma Heptulla (@nheptulla) October 13, 2018