Kolkata: The Confederation of West Bengal Trade Associations (CWBTA), the top trade body in the eastern region, organised a cultural programme ‘Azadi ka Josh’ on the eve of Independence Day to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence at Kala Mandir, Kolkata. Patriotic Songs and Recognition of Exemplary Models Citizen’s medley of music is the highlight of the feature.
Chief Guest Commodore Sameer Choudhary, Group Commander Kolkata National Cadet Corps Headquarters, CWBTA President Mr. Sushil Poddar opened the evening with music and celebrations. Urging students to read life-changing self-improvement books such as the 5 AM Club, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The 8th Habit, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Brigadier General Chaudhry said, “I’ll ask my young friends to read , as you grow, chew and digest these books, the quality of work you provide to the world will show our respect for ourselves. These books are good enough for me, and I am sure you are too. Make sure that this mighty nation’s Every citizen, every moment, every moment, contributes his best to the development of our society, our families and our region.”
Congratulated by the CWBTA, Purnima Sheuli, mother of Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medalist Achinta Sheuli said: “I am here as a proud mother. My son not only makes me proud, but the country as a whole. I am very happy. Come here.” CWBTA member Mr. SL Gupta announced a personal donation of Rs 1 to Achinta Sheuli and his family and Rs 50,000 to Naik Late Kanak Kanti Das Mahapatra and Smt Nirmala Devi’s wife Veer Naris Smt Manikuntala Das Mahapatra. Her husband, the late Sailender Kumar Singh, while serving the country.
“It is a great honour to welcome our Chief Guest, Sameer Choudhary, a distinguished naval veteran. We are also honoured to salute our country and congratulate the families of the martyrs, the young nation of India Builders and achievers. We also pay our humble tribute to the “Veer Naris” or brave women whose loved ones gave their lives for the nation. We believe in recognizing the contributions of young students in nation building and encouraging them to continue their efforts , is very important to the future of our country,” said Mr Sushil Poddar, Chairman of the CWBTA.
Represented students from over 22 leading schools in West Bengal including Akshar School, Amrita Vidyalam (Durgapur and Kolkata), Army Public Schools, BDM International School, Baitulmal Girls High School, Gangabux Kanoria Vidya Mandir in Bhavan, Netaji Subhas in Bhavan Chandra Bose Vidyaniketan, Birla High School, Indus Valley World School, Khasla Model SS School, Lakshmipat Singhania, MP Birla FHS School, MC Kejriwal Vidyapeeth, National High School (Hazra and Sarat Bose Road), Salt Lake Siksha Niketan, Shree Shikshayatan, South Point School, St Lawrence High School, Heritage School and Vidyanjali High School were joined by other dignitaries and guests. CWBTA congratulated 8 students from various fields or categories such as poetry, painting, sports, debate, singing, dancing, musical instruments and best spoken word. More than 500 students participated in the event.
The CWBTA also honoured “Veer Naris” – female family members of martyrs who gave their lives for the country, including Smt Manikuntala Das Mahapatra of Naik The late Kanak Kanti Das Mahapatra wife of the 1871 artillery regiment was a member of the Doda District Rapid Response Team He was seriously injured in an operation and later gave his life. Another Veer Nari to be honored was Smt Nirmala Devi, who lost her husband, the late Saiilender Kumar Singh of 14 Rajput Regiment, while patrolling the Kashmir jungle in late January 2001, and was fired upon by a group of militants.
Representatives and outstanding achievers from the National Youth Corps (NCC) were also congratulated for their exemplary roles, dedication and discipline. Cadets Senior Adjutant Officer (SUO) of 4WB (Technical) Air Force Squadron Varun Rao, NCC, Kolkata Battalion B, SUO Sushma Sur of 2 Bengal Battalion, NCC, Kolkata Battalion B, SCC Shamiksha Tripathi of 2 Bangladesh Naval Battalion, NCC , Calcutta C Brigade and 20 Bengal Battalion of SUO Arup Biswas, NCC, Calcutta C Brigade. They took part in Republic Day celebrations and the Prime Minister’s Rally earlier this year.