GUWAHATI, Jan 23 � Remembering his contributions towards the country as a whole and towards Assam in particular, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was celebrated throughout the State with patriotic fervour.
In Guwahati too, various programmes were organized in different parts of the city, where a number of school children among others, took part.
In the 118th Netaji birthday celebration programme organized by the All Assam Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Birthday Celebration Committee at Netaji Chowk in Paltan Bazar, former Governor of Meghalaya RS Mooshahary and Father Lukose Cheruvalel, director of Snehalaya were honoured with Netaji Smarak Garima Award 2014 for their contributions towards the society.
Each of the awards carries a gamosa, citation, a packet of books and a bouquet of flower.
Speaking on the occasion, RS Mooshahary said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose provided a new paradigm to the Indian Independence movement. "Netaji considered himself as the spiritual successor of Swami Vivekananda, which had a deep-rooted influence on his personality. Though Azad Hind Fauz was defeated, but the spirit of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose won the hearts of Indian people forever," said Mooshahary.
Father Lukose, in his acceptance speech remembered the contributions of Netaji in inculcating patriotism among the young generation. "The awards would further encourage me and the entire Snehalaya team to offer our services to the poor and weaker sections of people, particularly the children and youth," he said. Councillor Ashima Bordoloi, spoke on Netaji's contribution towards saving Assam from going to Pakistan's side and his help extended to Gopinath Bordoloi in this regard.
Kailash Sarma, while speaking on the occasion asked the State and Union governments to initiate steps for organizing patriotic programmes in the schools during Netaji's birth anniversary to make the young generation aware about the contributions of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The national flag was hoisted by RS Mooshahary at 12.20 pm, marking the birth time of Netaji.
A souvenir, Deshpremik was also released on the occasion.
Earlier, a procession was taken out from Binova Nagar, Kahilipara to Paltan Bazar, where a number of school children took part. Various cultural programmes and competitions were also organized at Binova Nagar.