GUWAHATI: Uncertainty looms massive whether or not the tableau of Assam — with the scene the place younger freedom fighter Kanaklata Barua is seen hoisting the Tricolor — shall be chosen for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
With India celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, to commemorate 75 years of the nation’s Independence, Assam had excessive hopes that Kanaklata’s valour will steal the limelight within the nationwide capital. Nevertheless, even after chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s letter to the defence minister, to assist the teenage martyr’s bravery shine within the nationwide capital, the state authorities is discovering it tough to get an apt reply from the Centre.
“The Union authorities’s defence ministry takes the initiative to showcase glimpses of various states within the Republic Day occasion and it additionally appealed to us to pick a tableau with the theme Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Our state-level committee chosen the scene the place Kanaklata Barua was hoisting the Tricolor, because the tableau. The choice committee involved instructed us to make sure corrections within the mannequin we introduced initially and we assured them that we’d try this. Nevertheless, there isn’t a certainty but whether or not it has been chosen,” mentioned state cultural affairs minister Bimal Bora at a information convention right here on Sunday.
Kanaklata Barua, born in Barangabari in 1924, joined a gaggle of – fighters in 1942 on the name of the leaders of the Give up India Motion. One of many youngest martyrs of the Give up India Motion, Kanaklata, then 17, fell to the bullets of police as she marched in the direction of Gohpur police station in northern Assam to hoist the Tricolour.
After warning the brigade that she led from the entrance, police on the Gohpur station opened fireplace and Kanaklata was martyred. She has been an iconic determine in Assam — regarded in excessive esteem however the challenge of her statue not being chosen for for the Republic Day most important occasion has disheartened many.
Regardless of finishing up the corrections, as desired by the involved committee in New Delhi, Bora mentioned it isn’t necessary that Assam will get an opportunity to current the tableau in the primary occasion in New Delhi. “Each state of India doesn’t get the chance to showcase its proposed tableau every year. It’s not necessary that each state have to be current there,” he clarified. Sources within the state authorities, nonetheless, mentioned if the Assam tableau fails to make the lower for the occasion, the committee involved could not even inform the state authorities.
In the meantime, Assam PCC president Bhupen Kumar Borah mentioned, “It’s an enormous insult to Assam and northeast. Kanaklata Barua was an excellent freedom fighter and valiant chief at such a young age. Maybe, her case was not accredited by the RSS and thus, we’re more than likely to overlook her within the nationwide capital.”

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