| The martyrs’ column inside Shraddhanjali Kanan. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 17: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today inaugurated a martyrs’ column inside Shraddhanjali Kanan.
Floral tributes will be paid at the column at the park before hoisting the Tricolour on Republic Day and Independence Day every year.
“Finally, we have a place where we can pay tribute to the martyrs before hoisting the national flag on January 26 and August 15, like it is done in New Delhi. We will start the practice from this year’s Republic Day,” Gogoi said.
The 42-feet column with the fibreglass engravings highlighting the freedom fighters’ struggle on it will greet the visitors to the park.
The park constructed by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) already has many other attractions like a laser show, fountains, open-air stage and joyride.
Artist Nuruddin Ahmed has constructed the column in one year. “It’s a concrete column but I have used marble and fibreglass to engrave the struggle and suffering of our martyrs. I have tried to portray the contribution of our state in freedom struggle and hope people will like it,” Ahmed told The Telegraph.
The GMDA spent Rs 13.4 lakh under its annual operation plan. “The purpose of constructing this column here is to offer our children a glimpse on our freedom struggle and teach them to pay tribute to them. We hope it will serve our purpose as hundreds of children visit this park everyday,” GMDA chief executive officer M. Angamuthu said.
The chief minister hoped that the construction of the martyrs’ column would help spread knowledge about the freedom struggle and the sacrifice of the martyrs. “It is true that even after 65 years of Independence, many of our young boys and girls are unaware of the sacrifice our martyrs had made. We want to make them aware and pay tribute to the martyrs,” Gogoi said.
He also said the government planned to set up a children’s library and screening of films on freedom movement for children visiting the park.
“I have asked the GMDA and others to discuss and work out schemes on how we can make this place more attractive for children. Apart from providing a place to play and relax, we want to make sure that this park can be used to spread knowledge,” Gogoi said.