Though August 15 in 1947 was a historic day to become free citizens of India but 65 years after achieving independence the countrymen are still in the grip of servitude in different forms, National Youth Project director Dr S N Subba Rao cautioned 300 youths from 21 states of India assembled in this non-descriptive Kovin village in the periphery of Jairampur sub-divisional headquarters of Changlang district.
Addressing the participants of National Integration Youth Leadership camp, Dr. Rao recalled Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who had began his address - Tryst with destiny - by saying "India rises to a new destiny when the whole world is sleeping".
He said that the youth alone has the capacity to revive India's golden era following the principle:
"Sarve bhavantu sukhina,sarve santu niramaya sarve bhadrani pashyantu,maa kaschit dukha bhagh bhavet"
(May all be happy; may all be without disease; may all have well-being; may none have misery of any sort.)
Dr Rao, lovingly called Bhaiji, was further quoted by the Arunachal Front newspaper, as lauding the hospitable Arunachalees for making their state, particularly Nampong a 'Mini-India' symbolizing unity in diversity and exhorted them to maintain its uniqueness for all the times to come.
Expressing deep concern at the disturbed social atmosphere in India where women are raped or gang raped even in national capital New Delhi, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samity director Dr Manimala said that India should be of Gandhiji's dream where everybody would enjoy equal right without any discrimination. This could be possible if the youth alone rise to the occasion.
"Pyar ki rah dikha duniya ko rokey jo nafrat ki aandhi, tum me hi koi Gautam hoga, tum me hi koi hoga Gandhi," she quoted a sayri to inspire the gathering.
The melodious voice of Bina Sena, wife of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena, responded to Dr Manimala's all anxieties: Hum ko man ki shakti dena, man vijay kare dusron ki jay se pehle, khud ko jay kare bhedbhaav apane dil se saaf kar sake doston se bhool ho to maaf kar sake....," to huge applause of the gathering during the cultural exchange programme on the bank of Namchik river.
Setong Sena, who was instrumental in conducting the camp, expressed his gratitude to Dr Rao for choosing remote Nampong as venue and the 300 youths for making the camp a grand success against all odds.
He said state's innocent tribals far away from the hustle bustle of modernity live in complete communal harmony with the people from rest of India working in the state as well as the nature.
"Anyone is welcome to this abode of sun and moon where the nature is in its unspoiled form and the indigenous people live happily with whatever they get. We embrace everyone with Himalayan heart as Arunchalees belong to a classless agrarian society," Sena added.
Dr. Rao, Dr Manimala and Sena couple conferred the Dr S N Subba Rao Yuva Seva National Award-2012 on NYP-AP president Hari Pado Biswas in recognition of his commitment in empowering the youth of the nation with dedication.
The award included a trophy, a certificate and cash amounting to Rs 10,000.
Haryana unit Bharat Yuva Shakti president Suresh Rathi, instrumental in launching the annual award, joined the gathering in congratulating Biswas for his selfless endeavour to channelize youth power of Arunachal Pradesh towards nation building since last few years for which he was honoured with Karamveer Chakra Award in 2011 by United Nations Volunteers, Bharatiya Bikash Ratan Award and National Award for Economic and Social Development, both in 2012.
While praising Biswas for being the first recipient, Rathi said that the cash amount would increase by Rs 1,000 in every birthday of Bhaiji.
While the campers were taken to Myanmar with the help of 18 Assam Rifles on December 30, the invaluable contributions of the locals, particularly Congress Seva Dal team led by APCSD state organizer (In-charge of Changlang and Tawang districts) D N Monpa deserve special mention.
The departure of the campers was sad and heart touching with unforgettable memories writ large on heir faces which most of them described as unique experience to be treasured for life. (ANI)