Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Launches 75 Years Of India’s Independence

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Launches 75 Years Of India’s Independence
(Students depicting the Dandi March during the launch of 75 years of Independence at Secretariat plaza, Kohima on March 12, 2021| Photo: DIPR)

Kohima, March 12 (NEx): The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio launched the celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence today along with the rest of the country, at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima.

The celebration started with a march by Students of various schools and colleges of Kohima, from High School Junction till Civil Secretariat Plaza, which was flagged off by the Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio speaking at the function stated that the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence is on the 15th August 2022, however the launching started on 12th March, which is 75 weeks before the Anniversary day.

Rio stated that 12th March also occupies a stellar place on the timeline of the Freedom movement as it was on this day in 1930, 91 years ago, when the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi started his most famous, Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi, a coastal village in Gujarat, about 385 kilometers away, which was intended to protest against the nefarious provisions of the salt tax imposed by the British Government. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is in Ahmedabad for flagging off the re-enact of the historic Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram, he said.

Rio said that at the dawn of independence, India had many overwhelming challenges before it. However, over the decades, the Country has been able to deepen and strengthen the democratic processes and foundations in the country, and have brought about significant social and economic equality among the people.

The Chief Minister stated that Nagaland which came into existence, about 16 (sixteen) years after India’s independence, has also been moving shoulder to shoulder with the rest in order to make all those dreams a reality. He also spoke of the improvements in various sectors such as education, human resources, road, power and health sector.

Meanwhile, a photo exhibition with the theme ‘Celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence,’ organized by the Field Outreach Bureau, Kohima, Bureau of Outreach & Communication, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India was also inaugurated by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio at Nagaland Secretariat Plaza, Kohima today.

(CM Rio inaugurating photo exhibition by MIB at Secretariat plaza Kohima on March 12, 2021| Photo: DIPR)

The photo exhibition is curated to depict India’s freedom struggle through the medium of photos. It consists of old and rare photographs of well-known and less known freedom fighters of the country, Gandhi’s advent into the freedom struggle, the historic march from Sabarmati to Dandi to break the British Salt Law which became a precursor to the countrywide mass movement against the British Rule and intensified the freedom movement. Photos of freedom fighters like Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose and important events connected in their fight for India’s Independence were also exhibited.

The exhibited photos were provided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which was appreciated by CM Rio and suggested it to be compiled and published as exhibited.

Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau, Kohima, K. Soni Kumar Singh informed that the photos will be exhibited for five days at Kohima to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence Day.

(With inputs from DIPR)