The foundation stone of the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal freedom fighters Museum was laid by Amit Shah, Home Minister, in the Luangkao village which is located in the Tamenglong District in the state of Manipur through video conference mode in the month of November, 2021.
The Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum will be established by under the Janjatiya Gaurav Divas as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Week. Manipur’s Tribal Freedom Fighter Museum is named after the famous Freedom Fighter Rani Gaidinliu. The Manipur Cabinet has decided to name the museum and set it up in the village of LuangKao which is located in the Tamenlong district, the birthplace of Rani Gaidinliu. This project was approved by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs at an estimated cost of Rs 15 billion.
About Rani Gaidinliu
Rani Gaidinliu was the political and spiritual leader who led the rebellion against the British in and around Manipur. At the age of 13, she participated in the Heraka religious movement. The movement later became a political movement aimed at expelling the British from Manipur and the surrounding Naga area. She was arrested by an Englishman at the age of 16 in the year 1932, and she was sentenced to life imprisonment. Jawaharlal Nehru met Guydinryu in the year 1937 at Shillong Prison and awarded her the title “Rani” and became locally known as Rani Gaidinliu. In the year 1947, she was finally released from prison after India’s independence. She continued to work for the uprising of the people after her independence. She strongly supported the Naga religious practices and categorically opposed the conversion of the Nagas to Christianity.
Rani Gaidinliu was commended by the Government of India in the year 1982 for Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest citizen award, as a freedom fighter.