FROM A Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 23: In sync with the upbeat mood dawning upon the country on the occasion of its 70th year of independence, IIM Shillong extended its commemoration by organizing a Lecture on the Freedom Movement to rekindle the spirit of the freedom struggle and look back at the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters to reach the stage where we are today. The lecture was delivered by Abhijit Choudhury, ex-lecturer of history at St Edmunds College in Shillong. He has also contributed articles and essays to a number of books and publications like “Little known fighters Against the Raj” and “tiolism, Regiolism and Philosophy of tiol Integration. Choudhury, while speaking of all the different dimensions of the country’s freedom underscored the struggle ranging from the contribution of the North East to the active role played by women in the freedom struggle.
He also drew the attention of the audience towards some of the unsung heroes of the Pan-Indian freedom movement, calling upon the youth to ensure that their expectations for India’s future are realised.
The event was also presided over by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Amitabha De and other faculty members and students.
“In order to commemorate the great contributions of the many freedom fighters, we need to ensure that the freedom of the human spirit can be preserved and taken forward,” Dr. De added.
This was followed by a mass recitation of the tiol anthem by more than 300 students and members of the college in line with the Human Resource Ministry’s initiative in schools as part of the 70 years of Independence celebrations.
As the event drew to a close, the students were left with the realisation that freedom comes only after a lot of hurdles and we must not forget all that had to be sacrificed to get here.