Rishang Keishing

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Rishang Keishing
11th Chief Minister of Manipur
In office
27 November 1980 – 27 February 1981
Preceded by Raj Kumar Dorendra Singh
Succeeded by Raj Kumar Jaichandra Singh
In office
14 December 1994 – 15 December 1997
Preceded by Raj Kumar Dorendra Singh
Succeeded by Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh
Personal details
Born (1920-10-25)25 October 1920
Imphal, India
Died 22 August 2017(2017-08-22) (aged 96)
Imphal, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Khatingla
Children 6
Occupation Politician

Rishang Keishing (25 October 1920 – 22 August 2017) was a senior politician of the Indian National Congress party and a Member of the Parliament of India representing Manipur in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. Keishing served as Chief Minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. He was from Bungpa village, Ukhrul District, Manipur.

He first entered Manipur State's Vidhan Sabha in 1972, winning Phungyar seat, and represented the seat for 30 years, winning the election 7 times. In 2002, he lost in the assembly polls. His son, Victor Keishing, reclaimed the seat a few years later. After his defeat in the state polls in 2002, Rishang Keishing moved to Delhi, representing the state in Rajya Sabha for two terms, 2002 to 2008, and 2008 and 2014. In 2007 he became the country's oldest parliamentarian. He retired from Rajya Sabha in 2014, at the age of 93.

He died on Tuesday, 22 August 2017, aged 96 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, Imphal, Manipur.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born to Rungdi Keishing and Mungshingla Keishing, both belonging to the Tangkhul Naga community in Bungpa Khunou, Ukhrul district of Manipur.[2]

After a year at Kolkata's Scottish Church College,[3] he transferred to the St. Paul's Cathedral Mission College, from where he graduated.[4]

Positions held[edit]

Political career[edit]

Participated in the Freedom Struggle; attended meetings, etc. as a student during the period of 1945-47; Member, (i) Socialist Party of India, 1947–64, (ii) Indian delegation to Asian Socialist Conference held in Rangoon (Myanmar), January 1953, (iii) Indian National Congress since 1964, (iv) Indian delegation led by late Shri Yashwantrao Chavan to the 35th General Session of the UN held in U.S.A. in 1975, (v) Indian delegation to attend the 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference held at Sheraton, Fiji, 2005 and (vi) Tenth Finance Commission; Founder Head Master of the first High School in the district at Ukhrul, 1949–52; Founding Member and Honorary Head Master, Phungyar High School, 1959–61; Founding Member, (i) High School, Kamjong, 1969 and (ii) High School at Kasom Khullen, 1970; was Chairman, (i) Eastern Border Development Authority and (ii) Barak Development Board, 1995–97; helped to set up, (i) Foundation for Management of Tribal Areas (MATA) in 1998, (ii) Fresh Ginger Oil Processing Pilot Project with technology developed by the NIIST, Trivandrum in 1998 and (iii) Fruit Processing Unit with technology developed by the CFTRI, Mysore (presently being set up).[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Khatingla Keishing in 1950, and the couple had two daughters and four sons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Manipur Chief Minister Died". Northeast Herald. 22 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Detailed Profile: Shri Rishang Keishing". www.archive.india.gov.in. NIC. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Church College, Calcutta alumni". www.histropedia.com. Histropedia. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  4. ^ "A short bio about whoever hogs the limelight in a week". www.thehindu.com. The Hindu. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Rishang turns to 'green' power at 95". www.easternmirrornagaland.com. Eastern Mirror. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 

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