In yet another display of nationalistic fervour, the community as a whole, irrespective of age and class came together to celebrate Independence Day. Commemorating the country’s proudest moment in history were residents’ associations, women’s organisations, NGOs, the police department, government officials and local body representatives, besides staff and students in a large number of schools.
The Beach Walkers Association in Thiruvanmiyur set the tone for the celebrations by hoisting the tri-colour at the Thiruvanmiyur beach early in the morning. A large number of members that included scores of women of all ages and children and residents in the neighbourhood took part in the ceremony.
At Injambakkam, the Rajan Nagar and Selva Nagar Residents’ Association organised a grand meeting in which P. Uma Shankar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Neelankarai, was the chief guest. Neelankarai inspector K.P.S. Devarajan, Sholinganallur Tahsildar S. Govindarajan and his Deputy, Muthusamy participated. Children who participated in a talent show were rewarded. Mr. Uma Shankar expressed happiness at the big turnout of members for a “family celebration.” He said steps were being taken to provide police protection on the Injambakkam-Vettuvankeni Road. The Tahsildar referred to encroachment problem in Injambakkam and said steps would be taken for their removal once the court order was given. Association president Sainath said more than 400 families took part in the festivities.
D. Viswanathan, Corporation Councillor (Ward 185), used the occasion to bring cheer in the lives of Adi Dravidar school children in Palavakkam. Visiting both the elementary and higher secondary schools, he distributed sweets, biscuits and education aid to the children. He also donated a mike set to the schools. Speaking on the occasion, he urged the school staff to help in saving the school building which was facing threat of demolition for the expansion of the East Coast Road.
At Jai Shankar Nagar, Palavakkam, more than 100 families gathered to celebrate the day. The residents association organised a Nestle cookery contest for women and conducted games for children. ACP Uma Shankar was the chief guest. Assocaition treasurer Hari bhaskar said V. Murugan, Managing Director of Poomalai Constructions sponsored the prizes. The ACP also visited a Government Higher Secondary School and gifted dictionaries to toppers in the State Board exams.
Women’s Indian Association president Sarojini Varadappan hoisted the national flag at the clebreation in their premises in Greenways Road. Padma Venkataraman, chairman, Kamalini Sripal, committee member, and Vyjayanthi, Director, Slum Clearance Board, were among the pariticipants. Nursing students and tiny tots from the crèche run by WIA entertained the audience with songs.
In an unusual celebration, the Lions Club of Chennai Metro North East 324-A6 organised an awareness campaign for buying only Indian products. The Lions Club, in association with Yahweh Love Ministries and Charitable Trust, J R D Tata Scout Group and Yours Charity, organised the awareness campaign — ‘Be Indian Buy Indian products’ at the Labour Statue on the Marina Beach Volunteers from various parts of the city actively participated in this event by holding placards and shouting slogans. like ‘North, South, East or West, Indian products are the best.’ Lions Club of Chennai Metro North East Secretary George and Project Coordinator Easter Raj and other members of the charitable trust participated.