Port Blair, Mar.10: The 160th Andaman Day was celebrated by the Local Born Association with a befitting progamme held in the Netaji Hall premises here this evening. The Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar was the chief guest of the function. The Chairperson, PBMC, Shri B Eswar Rao and Padma Shree awardee Shri Naresh Chandra Lal were also present on the occasion. Senior family members of the Local Born Association were also honoured on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the chief guest lauded the Association in maintaining unity and integration of the Islands. The community in the Islands in homogenous and people of the mainland should learn from this community, where inter caste and inter religion marriages are normal things here, he said.
Referring to the celebration, the Chief Secretary said, the day reminds us of the bitter times the freedom fighters had faced while repatriated in these Islands. He expressed gratitude to the Association for making Andaman Day an annual event on which it honours the senior citizen members of the Local Born Association.
He said, the history of the first war of Independence is little known to the young generation, especially in the history of these Islands, in the absence of proper documentation. He suggested that the Association should make efforts in documenting the history by creating its own archive or share the same with the Administration, so that oral information from the senior citizen can be recorded and documented for the future generation.
The Chief Secretary also assured the Association to initiate whatever possible in addressing the Association’s issues.
The President LBA, Dr. Prem Kishen, while speaking on the occasion highlighted the significance of the day and said that it was on this day in 1857, the first group of 200 freedom fighters landed at Chatham Islands. He also narrated about the history of the difficulties they faced and how the Association came into existence. He put forth some of the issues, the members of the Association face and urged for redressal.
Dr. Roshan Ara Dilbar, Vice President LBA in her welcome address also briefed about the history of the freedom fighters, who were sent to these Islands as prisoners of the first war of Independence and faced the rigorous punishments meted to them by the British.
The celebration concluded with a colourful cultural programme, presented by the artists of the Association.