New Delhi: When the world’s biggest democracy is going to complete 75 years of its independence on August 15, 2022, the Government of India has a year ahead launched the massive ‘Amrit Mahotsav of Independence’ program, which is scheduled to run for 75 weeks, and is commencing today, on March 12, from the Sabarmati Ashram of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
To flag-off the ‘Amrit Mahotsav of Independence’ and cultural and digital programs related to it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, from where he also addressed the public.
Today was chosen for this program as on this day in 1930, Mahatma Gandhi had started the Dandi March. The Prime Minister will also flag off a padyatra from Sabarmati Ashram, which will go to Navsari’s Dandi.
PM Modi said that whether we Indians have lived in the country or abroad, we have proved ourselves with our hard work. We are proud of our Constitution and democratic traditions. India, the world’s largest democracy, is still moving ahead by strengthening its democracy.
“Our youth, our scholars should take the responsibility of fulfilling the efforts of the country by writing the history of our brave freedom fighters. We will bring the achievements of our society in the freedom movement and after that, in front of the world more vigorously. I would also urge people associated with art, literature, theatrical world, film industry and digital entertainment, how many unique stories are scattered in our past, explore them, bring them to life,” said PM Modi in his address.
Giving reference to rich Indian history, PM said, “In Jharkhand, when Lord Birsa Munda challenged the British, the Murmu brothers led the Santhal movement. In Odisha, Chakra Bisoi waged a fight and Laxman Nayak spread consciousness through Gandhian methods.”
He also alleged that before the commencement of Amrit Mahotsav, there was also Amrit Varsha in the capital of the country and Varun Dev also blessed us. It is a privilege of all of us that we are becoming witnesses of this historic period in independent India.
On the occasion of this 74-weeks long programme launch PM Modi also dedicated a website of ‘Independence Amrit Festival’ in Ahmedabad.
PM Modi also visited near by ghats and admired historical pictures, magazines and other collections at a special exhibition near Abhay Ghat in Ahmedabad, as part of Amrit Mahotsav programme.
PM garlanded the picture of Mahatma Gandhi in the heart of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. During this time, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were also present with him. In addition, PM Modi also paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Ashram.