Guwahati, January 23: Journalists Forum Assam (JFA) has reiterated its appeal to the people of Northeast India in general and media personnel in particular to hoist the National flag as a mark of paying respect to the martyrs of our Freedom Struggle. Defying the rhetoric diktats of some separatist militants of the region, the JFA also called upon the patriotic citizens to celebrate the 69th Republic Day on January 26.
“Every patriotic Indian should observe R-Day and Independence Day to pay his/her tributes to the martyrs of Freedom Movement for their supreme sacrifices. Without showing respects to the Freedom Fighters, one should not cry demanding various constitutional rights,” said a JFA statement.
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The statement added that many martyrs from Assam including Kanaklata Barua, Mukunda Kakoti, Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan-Rauta, Hemoram Patar, Gunabhi Bordoloi among others laid down their lives for the honour of the Tricolour.
“We must not maintain the skepticism that the Tricolour belongs to the government machinery alone. Rather the National Flag is a priceless property of over one billion Indians. We have to cherish our independence with proper responsibilities,” added the statement.
The media persons’ forum also clarified that journalists should come forward overcoming all kinds of prejudices and confusion over hoisting the Tricolour on both the auspicious days. It specially appealed to all scribe-bodies of the region, including local press clubs, press guilds, journalist union/associations to pay their homage to all martyrs hoisting the Tricolour.
The JFA also requested the city based media persons and other patriotic citizens to join in the celebration of 69th R-Day at Guwahati Press Club, where the Tricolour will be unfurled at 11:00 am.
(Issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria)
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