Congratulatory program held in honor of freedom fighter Pa Sonaram
As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence, a congratulatory program in honor of (L) Pa Sonaram R Sangma was held at Mendipathar College yesterday of Resubbelpara.
Pa Sonaram R Sangma was one of the Garo freedom fighters who fought for the right and freedom of the Garo people against the British not by force but by constitutional power. He was also the first Garo political leader who awakened the spirit of nationalism among the Garo people.
The AKAM program was intended to commemorate the nation’s history and culture and honor the freedom fighters whose sacrifices have made freedom a reality.
Retired IAS, Iona R Sangma, a relative of the freedom fighter, enlightened the assembly on her life values and added that the transparency and consistency with which Sonaram has shown in her work were the qualities which should evoke the conscience of the people.
Iona appealed to district officials for a memorial stone to be built at Sonaram’s birthplace at Nachirongdik in the Garo Hills. She informed that although the anniversary of her death is celebrated every year at her cemetery in Bakrapur, this area falls under the jurisdiction of Goalpara district.
Vice President, Timothy D Shira graced the occasion as the chief guest where he highlighted Sonaram’s life story. He urged the gathering to strive for a better future by making the most of available resources.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Deputy Commissioner, RP Marak, Rev. Alpha Sengba Marak, Executive Secretary, Krima No. I and Vice Principal, Mendipathar College.
Presentation of the song on the life story of Pa Sonaram Sangma by Peace Club, Resubelpara, and skits performed by students from Paschal Secondary School, Resubelpara marked the day.