Hmar Martyrs’ Trophy Ogranising Board
Introduction: The Hmars are indigenous tribe among the scheduled tribe recognised by the Constitution of India in 1951. Their culture, folklore and way of living shows that they have an unique identity since time immemorial. Their geographical inhabitant covers mainly the North Eastern region of India. The Hmars are hard working and peace loving people who contributed their talents and man power resources through various discipline viz Civil, Police, Foreign Services and Central secretariat of India. There are innumerable numbers of the Hmars who are faithfully contributed their services in almost all the state government services of India as well as in multinational company.
Hmar Martyrs’ Day (16th May): Inspite of the Hmar people contribution, the government of India as well as government of North Eastern states are reluctant to redress the grievances of the Hmar who are totally neglected of infrastructure development in their areas. Anyone could understand this fact if they happen to travel the Hmar areas in the north eastern region of India. After repeated appeal, prayers and democratic protest made by various civil organizations, more subjugation and suppression of their rights and dues are the only replied they got. This led to more intense agitation by way of taking local made arms to defend them self. Rather than understanding the plight of the Hmars, they are tagging as an arms group who are indulge in illegal activist against the state government especially in Mizoram, Manipur and Assam. This led to the lost of many innocent lives of the Hmars in their movement to uplift their society and dominated areas. Fortunately, due to the intervention of the Central government, Suspension of Operation (SoO) had been signed with the State government which resulted to lower rate of violence and lost of innocent lives. But neither amicable solution nor infrastructure development has been implemented especially in the Hmar areas till date. It is a hope for the Hmars that this step motherly treatment made by various state governments of the North Eastern States of India be a thing of the past at the earliest.
Hmar Martyrs’ Trophy Ogranising Board (HMARTOB): In order to find an amicable solution of the Hmar Movement, the Hmar Inpui (Hmar Supreme House) consisting of 9 Hmar active organization affiliated to the HMAR INPUI viz. Hmar Youth Association (HYA), Hmar Students Association (HSA), Hmar Women Association (HWA), Hmar Artist Association (HAA), Hmar Christian Leaders Forum (HCLF), Hmar Literature Society (HLS), Hmar Art & Culture (HAC), Hmar Peoples Convention(Democratic)-(HPCD), Hmar National Union (HNU) set up a committee named HMARTOB to mark and show respect to the departed souls of the Hmars who laid down their lives for the upliftment of the Hmar society . In connection with this, 16th May of every year is celebrated as HMAR MARTYRS’ DAY.
In order to find more democratic way of movement as well as to inculcate a healthy environment among the new generation, the HMARTOB organized STATE LEVEL HMAR MARTYRS’ FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT at Saikawt Playground, Churachandpur since 2003. Marathon race, shot-put and various indigenous games are also included in the discipline of the games. In this year 2016, the 13th STATE LELVEL HMAR MARTYRS’ FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT league match opening day was kick-off on the 12th April, 2016 and the grand final match will be play on the 16th May, 2016. The tournament is register and recognised by the Churachandpur District Sports Association (CDSA), Churachandpur District, Manipur. 32 clubs from the North East States were participated in this tournament and watch by more than 10000 fans every day. It is expected that more than 20000 will watch the grand finale which falls on the 16th May, 2016 at Saikawt Playground, Churachandpur, Manipur. Group Cultural Dance consisting of 500 dancers, various top Artiste from various communities will enthrall the gathering, Marathon race and final match of indigenous games will also be an entertaining part on this day.