GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - City-based media persons and patriotic citizens from different walks of life celebrated India�s 69th Independence Day at the Guwahati Press Club with an elaborate programme.
Senior journalist Rupam Barua hoisted the National flag at 11am and in his address he highlighted the contributions of the known and unknown martyrs and freedom fighters for the cause of the country.
�Thanks to our great patriots and martyrs, we are now living proudly in a free nation. The significance of this day lies in gratefully recollecting their supreme sacrifices,� said Barua. He expressed dissatisfaction that many organisations now-a-days prefer not to salute the Tricolour citing their various grievances.
�It is very unfortunate and disgusting as well. We should pay our tributes to the martyrs unconditionally. Nobody should drag their grievances on auspicious days like the Independence Day and Republic Day. Otherwise we will be known as an ungrateful nation,� pointed out Barua.
Following the flag hoisting programme, the participants took out a procession on the city streets. Many children also participated in the procession waving national flags and chanting patriotic slogans. They also performed patriotic songs and recitation in a brief function at the Press Club.
It may be mentioned that defying the diktats of various separatist militant outfits the Guwahati-based journalists and a few patriotic nationals have made it a habit to gather at the local press club on both August 15 and January 26 to hoist the Tricolour and salute the martyrs of India�s Freedom Movement. They have taken a principled stand against separatist agenda and continued this endeavour from 1998 onwards.
On the occasion of the Independence Day, the members of Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) played a friendly football match with the employees of District Transport Office (Kamrup-M) at the Nehru Stadium. Led by Khirod Das, the DTO XI beat EMFA XI by two goals scored by Simanta Neog and Kanai Mahanta. The EMFA captain Peter Alex was adjudged the best player of the match and he was awarded by Kamrup DTO Gautam Das.
Well-known football coach Hem Das conducted the game, where city-based Dispur Hospitals extended emergency medical supports for the players. Senior journalists and EMFA members Pranay Bordoloi, Nava Thakuria, Bhaskarjyoti Bhuyan, Bimal Ghosh and many others were present on the ground to cheer the participants.