Imphal Peace Museum has been inaugurated today at Maibam Lotpa Ching under Bishnupur District to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Imphal which was fought between the Japanese army and Allied Forces. The inauguration ceremony was jointly organized by Department of Tourism, Govt of Manipur, 2ndWorld War Foundation and Manipur Tourism Forum. The project was launched by Manipur Tourism Forum and supported by Nippon Foundation. Minister of Consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Karam Shyam, Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith, Nambol MLA N Loken, Chairman of Tourism Corporation of Manipur, MLA Dr S Ranjan and Chairman of Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa among others attended the inauguration ceremony. Speaking on the occasion Karam Shyam said, it is indeed a historic day for the state of Manipur as well as for both the United Kingdom and Japan. The museum inaugurated today will serve as the symbol of love and peace.
Photographs, letters, notes, documents, weapon, tools, dresses used during the battle are on display at the museum. Also speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said that history makes him feel more indebted to the people of Manipur. With this historic moment of commemorating 75th anniversary of Battle of Imphal, we are entering into a new chapter of history.
British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith stated that June 22 is known as Imphal Day in the British military calendar. The museum is dedicated to peace and to a future that remembers and honours the sacrifices of those who had laid down their lives for the service of their country.