GUWAHATI, Aug 12 – The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has appealed to the residents of northeast India to defy the militants’ diktat and celebrate the forthcoming Independence Day in a befitting manner. The Assam-based scribes’ body said that every Indian should observe the I-Day (and also the Republic Day) to pay their tributes to the known and unknown martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.
In a press statement, JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary N Thakuria urged the people of the region to hoist the National Flag in their residences, colonies and other significant locations in a
festive manner. The JFA strongly argued that the Tricolour does not belong to the government machineries alone, rather it is a priceless
property of the billions of devoted Indians.
The JFA also added that many martyrs of Assam including Kanaklata, Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan Rauta, Hemoram Patar, Gunabhi Bordoloi and others laid down their lives for the honour of the Tricolour.
The forum appealed to the city-based mediapersons and other nationalist citizens to join in the celebrations of I-Day at the premises of Guwahati Press Club that will start with the unfurling of the National Flag at 11 am.
It may be mentioned that a group of separatist outfits had issued a statement asking the people not to participate in the I-Day functions as a ‘mark of protest’ against the government. They also gave a call
for a general strike on August 15 to boycott all kinds of celebrations.
The militant outfits including the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (Meghalaya),
Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, National Liberation Front of Tripura, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction), and the coordination committee of six Manipur-based armed groups had threatened that they would not tolerate any celebrations in the region.
The JFA, however, argues that every patriotic Indian should come forward to pay homage to the martyrs of the freedom struggle.