On the 172nd death anniversary of Phan Nonglait today, the Maitshaphrang Movement has appealed to both the central and state governments to give due recognition to the freedom fighter.
Addressing reporters today, Maitshaphrang chairman Michael Syiem said that the organisation will continue to pursue the appeal that December 6 should be observed as Phan Nonglait Day to highlight her contributions and sacrifices.
Nonglait featured in the Anglo-Khasi War of the 19th century, helping the Khasis to defeat the British forces in an engagement.
“We have written to the Speaker of Meghalaya, Metbah Lyngdoh, and also to the MLA of North Shillong, Adelbert Nongrum, to pursue this matter. What we have learned is that this matter has reached cabinet minister Sanbor Shullai and he should take up with the Ministry of Arts and Culture,” Syiem said, adding that an annual award should also be instituted in her honour.
“Ka Phan Nonglait’s role in the freedom struggle is no less than Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi in 1857. Apart from her role in Anglo-Khasi War between 1829 to 1833, she was also instrumental in the killing of 32 British soldiers,” he said adding that according to Ratan Bhattarcharjee, Nonglait is also considered the first woman freedom fighter who countered the British forces with tactical inputs and guerrilla tactics.