Freedom fighters remembered as PM inaugurates mega Independance Day celebrations

The prime minister flagged off a padyatra (foot march) from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat to re-enact Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi Yatra.

Published: 12th March 2021 01:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2021 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the flag-off ceremony of the Dandi March or Salt Movement to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence in Ahmedabad. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Launching the 75-week long celebrations of India’s 75th years of Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday turned the spotlight on unsung heroes who waged freedom struggles in various parts of the country.

He specially recalled battles fought by the tribal in North-east, Jharkhand, Telangana and other parts of the country which were led by Kol, Khasi, Santhal, Naga, Bhil and Munda leaders. “Each and every struggle and fight was India’s strong declaration of truth against the forces of falsehood, a testimony to India’s independent temperament.

These struggles represented the same consciousness and valour which was evident from the days of Ram, Kurukshetra of Mahabharat, Haldighati and the roar of Veer Shivaji,” said the Prime Minister. He flagged off a yatra from Sabarmati Ashram to commemorate the Dandi march.

Modi also mentioned freedom movements, including Sanyasi, Ramoshi, Kittur, Travancore, Bardoli Satyagrah, Champaran Satyagrah, Sambhalpur, Chuar, Bundel and Kuka uprisings, which gave strength to the larger mobilisation of the people to fight.

On Saturday, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate exhibitions to commemorate Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. He will inaugurate seven exhibitions.  The ministry’s  Bureau of Outreach Communication on Friday organised photo exhibitions at 32 locations in various states.


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