| A worker cleans the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Nepali Mandir on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 21: City residents will pay tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 117th birth anniversary on Wednesday, by unveiling his statue and organising various programmes.
The Xanskritik Xamaj, a social organisation, will unveil a life-size statue of Netaji on the premises of Binovanagar Lower Primary School at Kahilipara colony.
The eight-foot tall fibreglass statue has been made in Calcutta at a cost of over Rs 2 lakh.
The members of the Xamaj said they have made up their minds to take further initiatives to spread awareness on the country’s freedom struggle and Netaji’s contribution to it.
On the other hand, talking to the reporters, Greater Assam Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Birthday Celebration Committee today said they would observe the day with a host of programmes in the city.
The day would start with a prabhat pheri at 5am, which will be followed by an art competition for children at SAI Complex, cultural function along with a blood donation camp.
“Besides, a colourful procession will start at 10am from Netaji Chowk at Paltan Bazar, which will end at the same place in the presence of GMDA chairman Robin Bordoloi, social welfare minister Gautam Roy and former MLA Ajoy Dutta. The open session will commence at 11am at the chowk, where littérateur Atulananda Goswami will deliver his speech,” Pranab Swarup Neog, a member of the organisation, said.
In 2008, the committee instituted a felicitation programme to honour eminent personalities of the state for their contribution with a view to inspire the younger generation.
“This year, we have decided to felicitate retired Justice Dhiresh Narayan Chowdhury, Xattriya exponent Ghanakanta Bora Barbayan and cricketer Anup Kumar Ghatak,” Neog said.
The organiser said chief minister Tarun Gogoi would be present at the event.
“The flag will be hoisted by Gogoi like in the past. The flag-hoisting ceremony will be held at 12.20pm as done everywhere in the country. The meeting will be presided over by Robin Bordoloi,” he said.
The committee was formed with an objective to highlight the values and ideology of Netaji among the people of Assam in general and infuse the sense of patriotism among the new generation in particular.
“Netaji’s vision of a post-Independence India, in which he dreamt of the country becoming a super power by 2020, is still valid and this is why his vision has to be communicated to youngsters today,” Neog said.
The committee has undertaken a number of projects during the last five years besides unveiling a statue of Netaji in 2008, at Paltan Bazar, and naming the road from Sarabhati to Lokhra as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road.