Message from Lieutenant Governor
I extend my heartiest greeting to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on the 64th Anniversary of our glorious Independence.
Significance of Independence Day is of great value in the wellbeing of our nation. This is an occasion when the countrymen recount the sacrifices of heroes of freedom struggle as it was thier indomitable courage and relentless effort which freed this nation from the shackles of imperialism. It is the path of peace and non-violence which forms the bedrock of the modern, democratic, progressive and secular India of today.
Independence Day assumes a great significance in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as this territory occupies a special place in the history of our freedom struggle. It was our Island where the first batch of Indian freedom fighters were brought in 1858. It was in our Islands that the National Flag was first unfurled on 30th December 1943, by Netaji.
It should be our bounden duty on this occasion, to take pledge that the sacrifices and struggles of these brave heroes do not go in vain. It was their dream of a freedom which inspired them to walk on the path of struggle with resistance and unselfishly. We must also resolve to make this country a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious nation.
Commemoration of the Independence Day reminds us of the great sacrifice made by our brave and courageous freedom fighters who got us independence from the colonial rule on this Day in 1947. I would like to remind my fellow citizens of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that the freedom fighters of our Islands played a monumental role in the freedom struggle. The Cellular Jail bears testimony to the heroic deeds and sacrifices of the immortal islanders who were incarcerated in the jail and actively participated in the freedom struggle.
On this solemn occasion let us pay tribute and homage to all those great men and women whose sacrifices brought us freedom. Let all of us take a pledge on this Day to uphold the honour and dignity of our country in the time to come. I am confident that our Islands will march on the path of progress and development in the years ahead and we shall be a proud member of the family of our great nation.