solidarity for Anna’s movement and responded to the call of ‘India Against Corruption’ for the cause of a corruption free India. They participated in the relay hunger strike at Lakshidhar Bora Khetra in Dighalipukhuri locality since August 16 till August 28.The protesters chanted patriotic slogans and kept the national flag flying high all the time.Amusing the people of the region, United Liberation Front of Assam military chief Paresh Barua, National Democratic Front of Bodoland chief Ranjan Daimary and Karbi People's Liberation Tigers secretary general Nilip Enghi extended their supports to Anna Hazare for his movement. The militant leaders send e-mail statements to the media and commented that the Gandhian had led an important fight against corruption.Anna and his team comprising Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Shanti Bhushan, Manish Sisodia, Akhil Gogoi etc may not hit the target, but the uprising brought good news for the patriotic people of Northeast India. The movement has made it clear that we can fight the government even after saluting the National flag.It became almost a rare occasion to see the tricolour flying in the trouble-torn Northeast. Even the Independence Day and Republic Day witnessed very few flags hoisted in the region for many years as the separatist militants continue imposing diktats on the celebration on both the auspicious Days.In the conflict ridden Northeast, it became a routine exercise to ignore (or reject) the tricolour whenever one talks against the Union government. Hence no protest demonstrator against New Delhi use to carry the national flag, as it was understood as the symbol of Central government.The historic Assam movement witnessed the worshiping of Gandhi but never adore the national flag. It was not acceptable to the people that carrying the tricolour one can raise voice against New Delhi.In fact, the common people simply forgot that many great souls from the Northeast too sacrificed their lives with the spirit of our national flag.But the movement of Anna Hazare made it clear that the government is not synonymous with the national flag. So protesting against the government does not necessarily mean the opposition (or hatred) to the tricolour. Rather every patriotic Indian should honour the national flag as it resembles our martyrs (of freedom movement) and definitely
not the regime in New Delhi.
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