Itanagar: The frontier state joined the rest of the country on Friday in celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’, the Central government’s initiative to commemorate the 75th year anniversary of India’s Independence.
The launch of the Mahotsav on March 12, seventy-five weeks ahead of the 75th Independence Day, also commemorates 91 years of Dandi March.
Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra, who participated in the event at Niglok in East Siang district, urged the people to celebrate the 75-week-long Mahotsav with befitting grandeur and enthusiasm.
Mishra, who is also a member of the national committee for the Mahotsav, said the celebration stands on five essential conceptual pillars which are ‘Freedom Struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions at 75, and Resolve at 75’.
“For us Arunachalees, these pillars are the ideas and feelings of our men, women, and youths as part and parcel of 130 crore Indians,” he said.
Recalling Matmur Jamoh, one of the state’s freedom fighters who refused to bow down before the British, the governor said Arunachalees have substantially contributed to India’s freedom struggle.
Jamoh breathed his last in Andaman’s Cellular Jail, where he was lodged after killing a British officer.
The governor further emphasized recalling the sacrifices of every Arunachalee freedom fighter to the knowledge of the present generation.
“There are people, who for generations, have been performing great work for the sake of the nation and now it is time to recognize their contribution, thinking, and ideas for giving a fillip to the nationalistic efforts,” Mishra said.
The governor, accompanied by Pasighat MLA Ninong Ering, public leaders, government officials, youths, and students participated in a padyatra (foot march) to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March.
Led by Gandhi, 78 people had started the Dandi Yatra on March 12, 1930, from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, by announcing the ‘Salt Satyagraha’, a non-violent protest against the oppressive British taxes on salt, which played a vital role in the Independence movement.
The state’s department of education also organized a similar foot march in Itanagar to mark the day.
More than 300 NSS volunteers from the states of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, besides Arunachal Pradesh participated in the foot march, which was led by Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) principal M Q Khan and other faculty members.
The NSS volunteers from the entire northeast region are in the state capital to participate in the North-East NSS Festival.
The foot march was followed by a programme in which matters related to environment protection, Swachchata Abhiyan, water harvesting, drug abuse, yoga, etc were discussed at length.
The Itanagar Capital Region district administration conducted a painting competition on the theme ‘Pictorial Scene of Dandi March’ in all the government secondary and higher secondary schools of the capital.
Block education officer Nabam Shelly informed that around 700 students participated in the event.
Along with the painting competition, a symposium on India’s Freedom struggle and an essay competition on the same theme was also conducted for the students.
Appreciating the participation of the students, ICR deputy commissioner Komkar Dulom hoped that competition on such themes would help students realize the supreme sacrifices made by our freedom fighters for the country’s independence.
The department of information and public relations in collaboration with the Regional Outreach Bureau organized a photo exhibition of freedom fighters at the D K Convention Centre.
At Aalo: West Siang deputy commissioner Moki Loyi flagged off a 5.2-km-long ‘March for Freedom and Unity’ from the Gumin Kiin here as a run-up to the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
A large number of government officers and officials, students, and locals took part in the march.
Addressing the gathering, the DC said there are several programmes lined up under the Mahotsav and appealed all to be a part of it.
Essay writing competitions were also conducted in all the colleges and schools of the district to mark the occasion.
At Pasighat: A 5-day-long photo exhibition got underway at the IGJ Government Higher Secondary School here to mark the launch of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
The exhibition is being organized by the Field Outreach Bureau.