Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: strategic importance of the caves of freedom fighter Tirot Singh
New Delhi, June 14: August 15, 2022 will mark 75 years of Indian independence. The Indian freedom struggle spawned a number of fighters who devoted their lives to liberating India from the British.
One of these freedom fighters was Tirot Singh, also known as U Tirot Sing Syiem.
Nongkhlaw Kingdom of the Western Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. His heroic efforts and tactical skills in combat are legendary. In the Anglo-Khasi War (1829-1833), Tirot and his band of followers used guerrilla tactics to evade and strike at militarily superior colonial forces, according to an article from the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav website, run by the Ministry of Culture.
The Khasi Hills Caves proved strategically important to him and his brave followers during this war. The rugged and hilly terrain of the region proved beneficial to the Khasi warriors. These historically significant caves were recently discovered.
These rocky, natural monolithic caves record various advice that Tirot Sing had with his fellow soldiers and followers to plan war strategy. On top of the Khasi hills, one can still see his Mawbishar (his judgment seat). If rocks could talk, they would tell the stories of the tactical meetings held in this brave warrior’s durbar. These caves, known as “Krem Tirot” or “Tirot Singh Caves”, are located in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.
The people of Meghalaya still remember with gratitude their famous Meghalaya revolutionary, Chief U Tirot Sing, who sacrificed his life in an attempt to drive British troops away from the western hills of Khasi. Every year, Meghalaya observes a national holiday in remembrance of the anniversary of his death.
To further celebrate these nation’s revolutionaries under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the village chief of Nongkhlaw in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya is spearheading efforts to preserve the history of Meghalaya’s revolutionary warrior and his battalion who managed to keep the British troops armed. away from Khasi Hills.
Heroic leaders such as Tirot Sing became the fighters the nation needed during British rule. We honor and remember their contribution and dedication to our country.
You can read the original article here: https://amritmahotsav.nic.in/stories-of-change-detail.htm?1
Article first published: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 3:26 p.m. [IST]