By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 23: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is one of the greatest leaders and patriots the country has ever produced.
Addressing a function in the city organized by Sanskriti Samaj, Gogoi said that Netaji plunged headlong into the freedom movement and freed the country from the yoke of colonialism.
Gogoi said Netaji fought against imperialism by opposing tooth and il all sorts of oppression and subjugation and freed the country from the chains of slavery. “For the supreme sacrifices of Netaji and others, we are breathing the air of freedom today,” he said.
The Chief Minister said though the country has attained political independence, it has still miles to go to attain economic independence. “We have attained political independence, but we have to strive relentlessly towards achieving economic independence. For this we have to work together to remove poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and other problems plaguing us,” he added.
“Inspired by Netaji’s ideals, the Government of Assam is working towards solving various problems that of health, education, unemployment, drinking water and sanitation,” said Gogoi and sought the cooperation of one and all.
The Chief Minister exhorted upon the people to protect the rich cultural heritage and to defend the country’s territorial unity and integrity by invoking the spirit of Netaji’s unbounded love and patriotism.
Captain Robin Bordoloi, MLA also spoke on the occasion. The welcome address was delivered by president of Sanskriti Samaj, Ra Bhattacharjee.
Earlier, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes at the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Meanwhile, the garik Suraksha Samity, Assam also remembered Netaji on his 118th birthday today at a function in the city.
Presided over by player of intertiol repute Kailash Sarma, many distinguished persolities paid homage to Netaji at the function. Remembering Netaji’s words ‘give me blood, I’ll give you independence,’ Sarma said: “Netaji was related to Assam. During the days of Assam agitation, he used to visit Assam frequently and inspired our leaders like Tarunram Phukan.”