Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated a 120-foot-tall statue of a polo player riding a polo at Marjing Polo Complex in Imphal, Manipur. Manipur is known as the birthplace of the game polo. Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh was also present during the inauguration ceremony and gave a polo mallet and a painting of the game to Home Minister Amit Shah.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Inaugurate Several Projects in Manipur- Key Points
- The union Home minister will proceed to Churachandpur, where he will inaugurate the hill district’s first medical college and hospital.
- He will proceed to Moirang in the Bishnupur district, where he will hoist the National Flag and address the public.
- He will also be laying the foundation stone for a project worth Rs 1,300 crore.
- He will lay the foundation stone for the construction of 40 police outposts, 34 of which will be along the India-Myanmar international border and six along National Highway 37.
- The projects to be inaugurated by Amit Shah includes Manipur Olympian Park at Sangaithel, a paid private ward at the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Moreh Town water supply scheme, Nongpok Thong Bridge at the eastern side of Kangla Fort and Cave tourism project at Kangkhui Cave.
History of Polo in Manipur
Manipur is known as the birthplace of Polo in India; the modern game of Polo is derived from Manipur. The game was earlier known as ‘Sagol Kangjei’, ‘Kanjai-bazee’, or ‘Pulu’. The oldest polo ground in the world is the Imphal Polo Ground in Manipur. The history of the polo ground is established in the royal chronicle “Cheitharol Kumbaba” starting from AD 33.