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Tributes to peasant martyrs

Mangaldoi, Jan. 28: Rich tributes were paid today to the 140 peasant martyrs of the historic peasant uprising of 1894 in Patharughat.

Central peasant martyrs’ day was celebrated here at Peasant Martyr Samadhi Khetra of Patharighat with a daylong programme.

During the occasion, Assam education and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the people to create work culture in the state.

The function was also attended by Assam environment, forest and gaon panchayat minister Rakibul Hussain. He announced a package of Rs 20 lakh for the development of agriculture in Patharughat.

Assam fisheries minister Basant Das, Nalbari MLA Joyantamalla Barua and Sipajhar MLA Binada Saikia were also present on the occasion.

Patharughat Peasant Martyrs’ Day is celebrated every year in memory of the peasants who laid down their lives in 1894.

Altogether 140 unarmed peasants died while protesting against a hike in land revenue imposed by the British colonial rulers.

Remembering the sacrifice of the peasant martyrs, Biswa Sarma said, “There is an urgent need to build a national character or a national identity among the people of our state for a better future for the people as well as pave the way for development for our state."

The minister also said if people are not willing to change their mindset, the state will not run smoothly. “The peasants showed their responsibility towards the nation and sacrificed their lives to attain freedom for the motherland. We should learn the lesson of patriotism from them," said Sarma.