15 August 2022 will mark 75 years of freedom for India and celebrate this milestone, the government has proposed several programmes and events for the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the government’s initiative to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. He said that the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence that began today will continue till 15 August 2023. “Today is the first day of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. This Mahotsav has started 75 weeks before 15th August 2022 and will continue till 15th August 2023,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a gathering at the ‘Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in Ahmedabad.
“Freedom Struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions and Resolves at 75- these five pillars will inspire the country to move forward,” the Prime Minister said.
The prime minister flagged off a padyatra (foot march) from Sabarmati Ashram to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March.
The padyatra is being undertaken by 81 marchers from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Navsari, a journey of 386 km. The march will end after 25 days, on 5 April.
Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, Union MoS Prahalad Singh Patel and Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters for their contribution to the nation.
The Prime Minister recalled the important moments in freedom struggle like the first war for Indian independence in 1857, Mahatma Gandhi’s return from abroad, reminding the nation of the power of Satyagraha, the call for complete independence by Lokmanya Tilak, the Delhi March of Azad Hind Fauj led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the slogan of Delhi Chalo.
The Prime Minister said we have proved ourselves with our hard work, both in India and abroad. “We are proud of our Constitution and democratic traditions. He said India, the mother of democracy, is still moving ahead by strengthening democracy. He said that India’s achievements are giving hope to the entire humanity. He added that the development journey of India is filled with AatmaNirbharta and is going to give momentum to the development journey of the whole world.”
Earlier, the Prime Minister launched the ‘Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ website in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
“Todays #AmritMahotsav programme begins from Sabarmati Ashram, from where the Dandi March began. The March had a key role in furthering a spirit of pride and Aatmanirbharta among India’s people. Going #VocalForLocal is a wonderful tribute to Bapu and our great freedom fighters,” Modi tweeted before the launch of the celebrations.
“Buy any local product and post a picture on social media using #VocalForLocal. A Charkha will be installed near Magan Niwas at Sabarmati Ashram. It will rotate full circle with each Tweet related to Aatmanirbharta. This shall also become a catalyst for a peoples movement,” Modi tweeted before the Mahotsav launch.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is a series of events to be organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. The Mahotsav will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.
A National Implementation Committee headed by the Home Minister has been constituted to chalk out policies and planning of various events to be undertaken under the Commemoration. The curtain raiser activities began from 12th March 2021, 75 weeks prior to 15th August 2022.
The Padyatra flagged off by PM, will be undertaken by 81 marchers from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Navsari, a journey of 241 miles that will end on 5th April, lasting for 25 days. The Padyatra will be joined by different groups of people on the way to Dandi. Union Minister Shri Prahalad Singh Patel will lead the first lap of 75 kilometres of the padyatra.
State and UT Governments are also organizing programs all over India on 12th March 2021. In addition to these programs, The Archaeological Survey of India and Zonal Cultural Centres under the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth Affairs and TRIFED have planned various activities to mark the occasion.