| A girl shows a placard with an Independence Day message in Guwahati on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 13: They call themselves Yuva Modi and take inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do something to change things in the country.
The Guwahati unit of Yuva Modi — a group of young Modi followers — has decided to celebrate Independence Day on the city streets, against the “general strike” called by at least 12 militant groups.
“Since childhood we have seen strikes and shutdowns on August 15 and our parents stopped us from going out fearing for our safety. We felt bad when we went out of the Northeast and saw people celebrating Independence Day so colourfully. So, from this year we have decided to say no to the strikes and come out in large numbers to celebrate the day. We will take out a colourful procession from Ulubari flyover to Ganeshguri where around 1,000 students from colleges and university will take part. Besides, we will organise a cultural programme under the Ganeshguri flyover,” the chief co-ordinator of Yuva Modi’s city unit, Niloy Gupta, told The Telegraph today.
At least 12 militant groups of the region, including Ulfa (I), the NDFB and KLO on Monday issued a joint statement calling a general strike from 1am to 5pm on Independence Day to protest the “Indian occupation of the region.”
Essential services, including emergency measures, media and religious activities, have, however, been exempted from the purview of the strike.
The Yuva Modi group said apart from offering the young generation a chance to celebrate Independence Day like people in the rest of the country, its programme would send a message to those groups that youngsters are fed up of the strikes and violence.
“Everybody wants change and so this time we have decided to come out on the streets to celebrate the day. We are ready to face whatever hurdle comes our way to celebrate it for which hundreds have sacrificed their lives. We have invited a traditional music group from Manipur, which will perform during the function,” Gupta said.
The Yuva Modi at present has around 2.5 lakh members registered online across Assam, including around 25,000 in the city. The group was formed on July 16, days after the Narendra Modi-led NDA won the Lok Sabha election and formed the government at the Centre.