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Patriotic forum appeals for saluting Tri-colour on I-Day

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Guwahati, August 1, 2017: As India approaches to 71st Independence Day, a patriotic forum based in the Northeast, appeals to citizens of the region irrespective of their caste, creed and religious backgrounds to hoist the National flag on August 15 and pay respect to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to make India a sovereign nation. 

“Irrespective of who we are, how we come to become part of the Indian Union, it is our bounden duty to pay respect to them who laid down their lives to free us all from the clutches of British colonial forces,” said a statement issued by Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) to media outlets.

This appeal has been sent without any prejudice whatsoever and without any disrespect to any individual or groups that have been fighting a battle of identity and self-determination, but is a reminder that we must not forget our common history, when we stood together to fight our battle for freedom, it added.

The PPFA feels that if we, who are composed of millions of individuals and organizations, keep demanding for our ‘rights’ to be given special concessions like reservation quota, grants, special area development funds and other forms of socio-political and economic advantages from New Delhi, would acknowledge the fact that if not for the martyrs we are not demanding these rights.

The likes of Moje Riba, Matmur Jamoh,  Kushal Konwar, Tilak Deka, Bhogeswari Phukanani, Kanaklata Barua, Mukunda Kakati, Nidhanu Rajbangshi, Kamala Miri, Lerela Boro, Madan Rauta, Hemoram Patar, Gunabhi Bordoloi, Sambhudan Phonglo, Beer Tikendrajit Singh, Paona Brajabashi, Tirot Singh, Shoorvir Pasaltha Khuangchera,  Rani Gaidinliu, Jitendra Chandra Paul and more of our region, who fought selflessly against the exploitative and abusive imperial power that ruled undivided India, must not be forgotten.