GUWAHATI, July 25: As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrating 75 years of India’s Independence, a felicitation programme in honour of Late Sonaram R Sangma was held at Mendipathar College in Resubelpara recently.
Late Sonaram R Sangma was one among the Garo freedom fighters who fought for the right and freedom of the Garo people against the British Government not by might but by Constitutional power. He was also the first Garo political leader who awaken the spirit of nationalism among the Garo people.
The programme AKAM aimed to commemorate the nation’s history and culture of the people and also to pay tribute to the freedom fighters whose sacrifices have made freedom a reality.
Thus, honouring the contribution of Late Sonaram, his family members and relatives were felicitated on the occasion.
Speaking as the relative of Sonaram, Lona R Sangma, retired IAS, Government of Meghalaya enlightened the gathering on his life values and added that transparency and consistency with which Sonaram exhibited in his work were the qualities that should evoked the consciousness of the people.
Lona R Sangma also made an appeal before the district officials that a memorial stone be built at the birth place of Late Sonaram R Sangma in Nachirongdik in Garo Hills. She also informed that although his death anniversary is being observed every year at his cemetery in Bakrapur but that area fall under the jurisdiction of Goalpara district.
Timothy D Shira, deputy speaker and local MLA also graced the occasion as the chief guest where he highlighted the life story of Sonaram Sangma. Exhorting the principles of Sonaram he urged upon the gathering to strive towards a brighter future by making the most of the available resources.