GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The living members of the Indian National Army (INA) who fought under the leadership of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose should be given a platform to relate their tale of bravery and sacrifice so that the present generation can imbibe a sense of responsibility and patriotism for their country.
On the occasion of the 115th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Sunday, Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman made the suggestion to bring together the surviving members of the INA on a common platform.
Speaking at a function organised by the Greater Assam Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday Celebration Committee at Netaji Subhash Chowk, Paltanbazar, Dr Barman dwelt at length on the role of the INA in the independence movement and observed that the young generation which is oblivious of their country's history should be introduced to that chapter of the past which is replete with sacrifices of thousands determined to win freedom for their country.
"The need of the hour is to make our youth aware about their responsibility towards their country and this can be achieved by giving them a chance to know about the heroes of our freedom movement," said Dr Barman.
Prominent citizens Harekrishna Deka, Dr Bani Bhattacharjee and Kumudeswar Hazarika who were honoured with the Netaji Smarak Garima Sanman 2011 at the function also stressed the need for remembering the contribution of the INA in India's freedom struggle.
The function was marked by rendition of patriotic songs befitting to the occasion and the highlight of the day was depiction of Netaji on a canvas by using blood as a medium. This work was done by artist Gautam Bardhan and significantly today’s portrait was the 99th in the blood and brush series of the artist.