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  • Rajesh Chandwani
    Mar 9, 2009
      Freedom fighters remembered
      Tribune News Service

      Mandi, March 9
      The Premjis Foundation, Mandi, today remembered the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters and the soldiers of the country. It urged the people of the state to contribute their bit to protect and upkeep country's hard-earned freedom and sovereignty.

      Inaugurating the "sankalp divas" of late Capt Prem Chand Guleria of Kahanwal village, near here, by performing a puja as a mark of respect to the brave soldier on the Seri Munch, Mandi DC Onkar Sharma said soldiers from Mandi and the state as a whole have sacrificed their lives to protect the borders across the country.

      "We all should rededicate ourselves to remember these brave soldiers on these occasions," he added.

      Foundation president and son of late Capt Guleria, who was awarded the Veer Chakra, Lakshemender Guleria asked why a soldier who is killed fighting enemy on the border is paid just few lakhs on the other hand a cricketer gets Rs 20 lakh. Why a labourer still struggles to lead a dignified life as he gets just Rs 110 as daily wage, he asked.

      He said these economic inequalities are the prime reasons why poor farmers commit suicide. For one dead body of soldier I demand Rs 1 crore, he urged. The foundation tries to give direction to misguided youths by raising voice on these occasions, he stated.

      The foundation distributed pamphlets to the visitors, invoking a feeling of patriotism among them through patriotic songs and slogans.
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