Staff Correspondent

‘It will generate awareness among youth on glory of the nation’

Madikeri: The State-level “Swatantrya Samrakshana Jatha” will enter Kodagu on August 12 at Kushalnagar, president of the Kodagu Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) B.S. Ramanath said here on Tuesday.

The jatha would originate from Ullal in Dakshina Kannada district on August 8. Similarly, another jatha would start from Basavakalyan in Bidar district on August 9 and travel through the northern districts. Both jathas would converge in Tumkur on the Independence Day, Mr. Ramanath told presspersons here.

The jathas would generate awareness among the youth on the glory of the nation and the sacrifices made by the youth to secure freedom from the colonial rule.

State committee member of DYFI Bharat said it would be a significant event on three counts. Firstly, the jatha would mark the 150th anniversary of the first war of Independence and coincide with the centenary of the martyr Bhagat Singh. The jatha would also mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s Independence, Mr. Bharat added.

Only youth could protect the Independence and sovereignty of the country and the DYFI had been organising a sustained struggle to empower youth in all spheres, Mr. Bharat said.

Meeting

The jatha would be welcomed at Kushalnagar at 9.30 a.m. on August 12 and a meeting held in Sunticoppa at 10 a.m. It would then proceed to Chettalli and Nellihudikeri and another meeting would be held at Siddapur. Later, it would proceed to Virajpet and the valedictory would be held in Murnad town.

K.V. Kunjiraman, MLA representing Uduma constituency in Kerala, and K.R. Vidyadhar, advocate from Madikeri, would be the main speakers at the valedictory. Abdul Rasheed, writer, would address the meeting in Sunticoppa, T.P. Ramesh and Cheranda Nanda Subbaiah would address the meeting in Siddapur, Mr. Bharat said.

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