The lesser known fact of Maharaja Kirit Bikram Manikya

Born to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya and Maharani Kanchan Prabha Devi on 13 December 1933, this year marks the 91st Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Kirit Bikram Manikya.

Officially coronated as a prince in 1941, Maharaja Kirit saw the transition of Tipra Kingdom to it's accession into the Union of India. He was only 14 when his father Maharaja Bir Bikram passed away in 1947, a crucial time in the history of Tipra Kingdom and the Indian subcontinent.

His mother Kanchan Prabha Devi signed the Instrument of Accession on 13th August 1947 and subsequently the Merger Agreement on 9th September 1949. Later on, Maharaja Kirit joined the mainstream Indian politics winning the Tripura East Lok Sabha seat in 1967. He also won twice more in 1977 and 1989.

Maharaja Kirit Bikram Manikya whose life is seldom discussed in public discourse need a revisit. His philanthropic legacy for a cause still makes a mark in Tripura. Like who doesn't know GBP Hospital of Aguli but do we know who gifted the land deed for it.

It was in 1959, a letter from the Assistant Secretary of Tripura Administration dated 28th November read that Maharaja Kirit Bikram Manikya gifted 3 Drone and 3 Kanis for building a hospital in Aguli (Agartala).

This land is the same where the present G.B.P Hospital and Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) is currently situated.

A gloomy fact is that this all legacy remain in the footnote of Tripura history. It is less discussed and rarely written.

Legacy– B Motom Debbarma (@brendonmotom), Homchang Chief Editor and Amit Debbarma, Homchang Editor (National & State Affairs Correspondent)