Northeast celebrates 67th Republic Day with much gusto

Guwahati, Jan. 29 (ANI): The Northeast region recently celebrated the 67th Republic Day with much zest and enthusiasm.

Pomp, pageantry and patriotic fervor were on display as the 67th republic day was celebrated across India with much passion.

In New Delhi, the main republic day celebration at Rajpath witnessed a display of the country’s military might and cultural kaleidoscope.

Tableaux showcasing the splendor of various states, including those from the northeastern states, were a major attraction.

In Manipur, people defied threats by insurgents to boycott the event and came out in large numbers to take part in the celebrations.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh unfurled the flag at Kangla fort while a total of 100 contingents, including those of security forces, schools, colleges, band platoons and other agencies, participated in the Republic Day parade.

The Chief Minister also gave away medals for meritorious service to security personnel.

Performance of various cultural troupes and 15 tableaux of different government departments were a major attraction.

“It’s very good to celebrate Republic day. We celebrate once in a year so, I came here to attend,” said Sanjoy, a spectator.

Republic Day celebrations in Itanagar took place with Governor J P Rajkhowa unfurling the flag and taking guard of honor.

The event was marked by march-pasts by the state police and central security forces. A large number of people turned out to attend the function.

“A great remembrance to the members of Army, Navy, police and paramilitary forces who have made remarkable contribution for the country,” said J. P. Rajkhowa, Governor.

Despite a boycott call, people from all walks of life came out in large numbers to participate in the celebrations in Tripura.

Governor Tathagata Roy unfurled the Tri-colour at the Assam Rifles parade ground in Agartala and took the guard of honour.

Different paramilitary forces, state police and NCC cadets participated in the parade, which was followed by a colourful cultural programme.

Arjun awardee gymnast Dipa Karmakar mesmerised the people along with her team with floor exercises while others performed yoga.

“I was invited for the 26th January (Republic Day) celebration and came to attend the programme along with the large gathering here. I travelled 200 km from Panisagar along with many tribal people to see the programme,” said Bahadur Halam, a spectator.

Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland also celebrated the 67th Republic Day at the Dimapur District Sports Complex.

Cultural dances by various Naga tribes, march past by different contingents and award distributions were the main highlights of the event.

“Thank you for giving this opportunity to us. Next time also we will take this opportunity and will perform again,” said Benjongsula, a Performer.

People in Assam participated in the Republic day revelry despite a boycott call given by some militant groups.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi unfurled the tricolor at the Veterinary Playground in Khanapara and took the guard of honour.

“People in Assam want peace and development. On this occasion, so many school children, youth came out and attend the program. It shows that people of Assam have faith in my government,” said CM Gogoi.

Similar spirit of enthusiasm marked the celebration of the day in Mizoram, Sikkim and Meghalaya.

The participation of people in the celebrations across the region reflects their faith in democracy. (ANI)

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