Lt Gen KC Panchanathan, AVSM, GOC 101 Area said-
The event will be an apt opportunity to spread awareness about role of unsung heroes of North East Region in India’s independence struggle.
The vibrant North Eastern States of the country have made noteworthy and significant contributions towards overall nation building as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations, Indian Army, under the aegis of HQ Eastern Command is organising a two day Conclave on the theme of ‘Celebrating Contribution of India’s North East Region (NER) in Nation Building’ on 20 and 21 Nov 2022 at Guwahati with an aim of highlighting contribution of NER towards nation building, felicitate Veer Naris and showcase North East Culture.
The inaugural press brief for the event was held on the 12 Nov 22.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was Lt Gen KC Panchanathan, AVSM, GOC 101 Area. Champion sprinter fondly called “Dhing Express” Hima Das and Anshul Gupta, GM,NFR also graced the occasion. During his address to the media Lt Gen KC Panchanathan, AVSM said that the event will be an apt opportunity to spread awareness about role of unsung heroes of NER in India’s independence struggle, contribution of the Indian Armed Forces and other important organs of the Government like North Eastern Council (NEC), Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Assam Rifles and Northeastern Frontier Railways (NFR) towards overall development of NER, promote integration of NER as also further cement Civil- Military relations. It is the first time that such a unique event has been conceived and the mega event is being supported by the State Governments of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland as also North Eastern Zone Cultural Council (NEZCC).
The program highlights include a Panel Discussion at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati on 20 Nov 2022 in which eminent personalities to include Honorable Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya and renowned speakers from Indian Army, NEC, NFR and civil society will deliver illuminating talks on contemporary issues of great relevance.
As a part of the celebrations, the brave Veer Naris of NER would also be felicitated. During a special event on 20 Nov 2022 at Narangi Military Station. About 100 Veer Naris are expected to attend the first of its kind outreach program.
On 21 Nov 2022, a mega event would be organised at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, which would include weapons/equipment display and adventure activities display by Armed Forces, fusion band concert, medley of cultural performances from NER, special performance by local pop bands, an extravagant musical theatrical followed by the first ever Drone Show at Guwahati.
This mega event will be a fitting tribute to the indomitable spirit of the people of NE and symbolise a perfect synergy amongst all stakeholders in NER.
Source: Indian Army
Report- Pratyusha Mukherjee, Broadcast Journalist, BBC News