Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quit India Movement's 75th anniversary

The nation is celebrating Quit India Movement's 75th anniversary. Parliament also witnessed the grandstanding speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate it. Congress President Sonia Gandhi also spoke full-throated in her veiled attack on the government that there are some organizations in the country which had no role in Quit India Movement, rather they had opposed it. She also blasted the government and said that free speech and secularism are in danger these days in the country. She resolved to preserve them at all costs. PM Modi had rightly said that the Quit India Movement launched on August 9, 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi to throw out Britishers imperialism from the country and make India free. Thousands of freedom fighters had participated in the Quit India Movement and some of them even sacrificed their lives also. Undoubtedly, Congress had led the Movement, but it does not mean that the members of other political organizations did not participate in it. Some organizations or political parties had opposed it because they had ideological differences. Not mentioning the name of our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru along with the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in any speech on freedom struggle will be absolutely injustice to him. PM Modi did not mention the name of Pt. Nehru while speaking on 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, while Nehru was one of its leading lights. He was a front ranker among participants in Quit India Movement. Without remembering Nehru, no speech on freedom struggle movement can be presented in right perspective. Nehru was not only the first Prime Minister of the country, but he also worked shoulder to shoulder with Mahatma Gandhi in all freedom movements. He had undergone imprisonment for the longest period during freedom struggle. So, his contribution to freedom struggle is invaluable. And he must be remembered for that by any leader irrespective of his political affiliation while delivering speech on any event of freedom movement. As far as the speech of PM Modi on 75th anniversary of Quit India movement is concerned , he rightly urged the nation to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, communalism, dirt, corruption and terrorism to make a New India. The word New India has also been coined by him. Now, it 70 is years since we got Independence, but we are still confronting with some vices at every step. India must be free of all them. It requires united effort. But when the name of a single and one of the most active participants of Quit India Movement, who also happens to the first PM of the country, is not remembered by the incumbent PM only because he belonged to the grand old party of the country, the united effort cannot be made. One thing also needs to be kept in mind that it is very easy to talk about high ideals, but at the same it is also very difficult to translate them on the ground in a limited time. Anyway, all must rise above party politics and extend wholehearted support to PM Modi’s call to work for freeing the country from corruption, communalism, terrorism, illiteracy and poverty by 2022 to make a New India. Until and unless concerted and united effort is made, they cannot be removed. PM's concept of New India is praiseworthy. But how it would materialize is the main issue. All political parties irrespective of their ideological belief must work together to eradicate all the vices such as terrorism, poverty, corruption, illiteracy and communalism like our freedom fighters did in Quit India Movement to get Independence. The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. A number of events are being planned at organizational and local levels to mark the occasion. This year's theme is "Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve. The Quit India Movement was an important milestone in the freedom struggle. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi along with Pt. Nehru, people across India came together to uproot imperialistic power. When our freedom fighters threw British imperialism out of India, why can we not remove illiteracy, poverty, corruption, communalism and terrorism from our soil?

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