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AIPF plea to PM over preservation of sites

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 2 � The Assam branch of All India Patriotic Forum (AIPF) has urged the Prime Minister of India to negotiate with his counterpart in Myanmar regarding the preservation of some important sites related to the memories of India�s freedom struggle.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is visiting Myanmar in the first week of March and hence the AIPF has taken a special interest urging him for taking an initiative in this matter with the concerned authorities of the neighbouring country, where a good number of places still bear the revered memories of the heroes and events of our freedom movement.

The forum further explained that India�s exiled emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, one of the prominent leaders of India�s First War of Independence in 1857, was buried in Rangoon (Myanmar�s former capital city) after his death there. India�s fire-brand patriot leaders Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were also sent to the Mandalay prison by the British government.

�During World War II, Azad Hind Fauj (or INA) fought gallant battles against the British force in and around erstwhile Burma under Netaji�s leadership. So, hills and plains of Burma witnessed a glorious chapter of INA�s freedom struggle,� mentioned a press statement from the forum.

In is noteworthy that India�s freedom struggle also got support from the people of Burma.

�The sites in Burma related to our freedom struggle are considered as pilgrimage spots by the patriotic Indians. Considering the importance of the fact, the Prime Minister should request the Burmese authority to do the needful in preserving the memorial sites as archives for which India should also extend necessary support,� urged Rupam Barua and Ajay Dutta on behalf of the forum.

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