Shillong, Jul 17: The 186th death anniversary of U Tirot Sing Syiem, Khasi patriot and freedom fighter was observed today at Mairang and Nongkhlaw respectively.
At Mairang to commemorate the occasion, the statue of U Tirot Sing Syiem was unveiled by the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and local MLA Metbah Lyngdoh.
Speaking at the event, Lyngdoh congratulated the Tourism Department for the beautification project of Madan Mot Tirot prominent of which was the statue of U Tirot Sing Syiem even as he stated that the project was a result of the team work exhibited by all stakeholders including the Syiem of Hima Nongkhlaw and Myntris of the Hima among others.
Lyngdoh also said that the statue of U Tirot Sing Syiem will prove to be a prominent landmark that reflects the history and legacy of U Tirot Sing Syiem and the values associated with the great patriot.
Speaking about the different roles and responsibilities that each individual has in a society, the Assembly Speaker appealed to the citizens of the state to do their bit by performing their respective duties with optimum dedication for the overall welfare and betterment of the society.
Meanwhile, at Nongkhlaw, the programme was organized by the Tirot Sing Syiemlieh Death Anniversary Committee, Hima Nongkhlaw at Patriotic Home, Nongkhlaw and was attended by Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and local MDC, Batskhem Ryntathiang.
In his speech, the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, said that freedom fighters like U Tirot Sing Syiem, Pa Togan Sangma and U Kiang Nangbah of the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills respectively are revered not just in Meghalaya but their acts of valour and sacrifice are also recognized in the other parts of the country.
Lyngdoh also took the occasion to call for unity, mutual love and respect as also selfless service by all stakeholders for the overall welfare of the state and nation.
Meanwhile, Guest of Honour, Local MDC, Ryntathiang in his address said that U Tirot Sing Syiem taught people of the hills the sense of responsibility and love towards one’s land, heritage and culture while also urging upon the residents of Nongkhlaw to treasure his heritage, history and legacy.