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India Pay Homage to Rishang Keishing

Wungkui Zimik

When the Republic of India had its first Paliamentary elections in 1952, thirtytwo year old Rishang Keishing, a fresh graduate from the prestigious St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College of Calcutta got elected along with Jawaharlal Nehru and others. He was one of the youngest MPs. Sixty two years later in 2014, he was still a member of the Parliament. He retired as world’s oldest MP at the age of 94. He passed away at the age of 97 on Tuesday , 22 August 2017 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, Imphal. He is survived by his life partner of 67 long years, Mrs Khathingla. They have two daughters and four sons.

Indian leaders from across the party condoled Keishing’s demise. Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee were among the first to send condolences.


The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president of the party Rahul Gandhi, Nagaland Chief minister TR Zeliang , Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju were among those who condoled Rishang Keishing. A funeral programme was conducted with state honour by the Government of Manipur at Mantripukhri , Imphal.

Rishang Keishing served as the Chief Minister of Manipur four times between 1980 and 1998.

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