Defying the appeal of militants, Journalists of Assam and have joined in the celebrations of 67th Independence Day on Thursday with unfurling the National flag in various parts of the State in the festive atmosphere. The patriotic citizens had assembled in both government sponsored programmes as well as in the community level observations of the auspicious day.
Maintaining the decade long tradition, the city based scribes and nationalistic Guwahatians had shown their defiance to the militant’s appeal again, as they paid their homage to hundred thousand martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle saluting the Tricolour at 11 am in Guwahati Press Club campus.
Mentionable is that a number of separatist armed outfits based in northeast India asked the citizens of the land-locked region to keep away from any kind of celebrations on the occasion of Independence Day and they even called for a general strike on the day. But countering the militant’s order, the Guwahatians in a large number poured in for the Independence Day celebrations across the city.
Unfurling the National flag in the press club, journalist Nava Thakuria argued that it is the duty of each and every Indian to salute the Tricolour as the flag is a priceless property of the citizens. “Saluting the Tricolour we actually pay our heartiest tributes to those martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for us. If we disobey our martyrs of freedom struggle, we can no longer survive as a Nation with pride and self-esteem. Moreover, an ungrateful Nation to its own martyrs can not maintain its sovereignty for a longer period,” said Thakuria.
It may be mentioned that Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) had earlier appealed to the people of the region to defy the militants’ diktat and celebrate the auspicious day. The JFA argued that a number of martyrs from Assam including Kanaklata Barua, Mukunda Kakoti, Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan Barman, Rauta Kachari, Hemoram Patar, Gunavi Bordoloi, Thagi Sut, Balaram Sut etc laid down their lives for the honour of the Tricolour during the British rule over India.
The observation of Independence Day in the press club was attended by many senior journalists including Rupam Barua, Hiten Mahanta, Ranen Kumar Goswami, Pramod Kalita, Anup Sarma, Prasanta Majumder, Mukul Kalita, Sabita Lahkar, Rubi B Das, DN Singh, Pranabjit Doloi with patriotic citizens like Ajay Dutta, Dhiren Barua, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Kishor Giri, JP Saikia, Kailash Sarma, Pradip Thakuria, BR Das, Purabi Barua, Sujit Guha, Kartik Choudhury etc.
Following the flag hoisting ceremony, the participants also took out a procession on the streets of the city shouting patriotic slogans,
where many kids also joined in it with Tricolours on their hands. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, unfurled the Tricolour in Guwahati as his cabinet ministers and legislators saluted the flag in different parts of Assam. Following the threats from many militant outfits
including ULFA(Independent) and NDFB (Songbijit), the authority imposed security alert across the State for the Independence Day.
Except few grenade blasts in two districts of western Assam, the celebration went off peacefully in the State. The anti-talk faction
of NDFB exploded one grenade in Kokrajhar district injuring one person. Another live grenade was recovered from the town, where as the security personnel in Chirang district also recovered a grenade there. The militants exploded two grenades in Chirang district on August 14, but nobody got injuries.