On the second day of G20 delegates visit to Manipur ,an excursion was organised by the State Government to showcase places of historic significance and famous tourists spots.
Led by Chief Minister N Biren Sing, the delegates visited the Marjing Polo Complex located in Imphal East district where an iconic statue of polo player mounted on a horse statue has been erected. It is the world’s tallest statue of a polo player. It was built to commemorate the game of “modern polo” being originated from Manipur. They were accorded a warm reception by the locals of the area.
The delegation also witnessed an exhibition polo match at the newly developed polo ground in the Complex along with a demonstration of ‘Arambai’ (iron tipped feathered weapons used by Manipuri warriors).
The delegates from 23 nations consisting of 26 overseas business delegates and 24 diplomates also visited the Indian National Army Headquarters located at Moirang in Bishnupur district. On their way, the delegates were greeted with flowers and dances by a large number of people showing the hospitable nature of the State.
The Indian National Army (INA) Headquarters Complex that stands today, embodies the commitment of the Government of Manipur to give fitting tribute to the brave hearts of INA under Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Complex symbolizes the spirit and the role played by the Indian National Army in India’s Freedom Movement. It was on 14th April 1944, that the flag of the INA, carrying yellow, white and green stripes with the image of springing tiger in the middle, was for the second time hoisted here on Indian soil at Moirang, about 45 kilometres from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The old house standing in the Complex was used by the INA as its office.
Later the delegates visited the Loktak Lake,where they enjoyed boat ride at Loktak Lake. At the Sangai Ethnic Park they planted trees. Later in the Sangai Ethnic Park, people belonging to different communities showcased showcased their ethnicity and uniqueness with their traditional attires and dances which enthralled the visiting delegation.
The delegates will visit Ema Market ,the largest all women market in Asia and the historical Kangla Fort before leaving Imphal tomorrow.