India’s shout for independence started in Meghalaya, a long time before the first war of freedom and a century before Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi got involved, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said. Paying tributes to Khasi ruler U Tirot Sing, who opposed the British for four years from 1829-1833, Singh said the Center wishes to honour unsung heroes of the freedom struggle.
“This is an indication of the fact that India’s freedom cry began from Meghalaya long before Gandhi arrived on the scene,” he said.
renowned ruler of a little Khasi state in distant Meghalaya has already bore the brunt of his resistance to the British’s annexation, the arising in the rest of the nation emerged only after 1857, he added.
U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nangbah and Pa Togan Sangma were amongst the three notable freedom fighters in Meghalaya and whose legendary battles in opposition to the British do not find a mention in history text books.