To celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence, a 241-mile march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi will be held
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ event and will flag off the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad later today.
To celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence, a 241-mile march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat’s Navsari district will be held. The state and UT governments will also organise programs all over the country.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, PM Modi said, “Today’s Amrit Mahotsav programme begins from Sabarmati Ashram, from where Dandi March began. The March had a key role in furthering a spirit of pride and Aatmanirbharta among India’s people. Going ‘Vocal For Local’ is a wonderful tribute to Bapu & our great freedom fighters.”
After paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister garlanded a portrait of Bapu at Hriday Kunj, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. He also saw pictures, magazines and other collections at a special exhibition near Abhay Ghat in the city.
Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav
Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav is a series of events to be organised by the central government 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 Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been constituted to chalk out policies and planning of various events to be undertaken under the Commemoration. The curtain raiser activities will begin from March 12.
PM to flag off march from Sabarmati Ashram
The padyatra will be undertaken by 81 marchers from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Navsari, a journey of 241 miles that will end on April 5, lasting for 25 days. Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel explained the significance of the March 12 date, saying said it was on this day that Mahatma Gandhi took out the famous Dandi March along with 81 people to break the law imposing tax on salt. Patel will lead the first lap of 75 kilometers of the padyatra.