PM Modi launches Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, the government's initiative to mark 75 years of India's Independence. Modi said the 75th-anniversary celebrations will continue till August 15, 2023. After landing at Ahmedabad Airport, Modi drove to Sabarmati Ashram, where he paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahotsav is a tribute to freedom fighters and freedom struggle
Modi also visited Hriday Kunj, the house in the Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi stayed with his wife Kasturba from 1918 to 1930. Modi wrote in the visitors' book that the Mahotsav is a tribute to our freedom fighters and freedom struggle. "By coming to the Sabarmati Ashram and with the inspiration of Bapu, my determination for nation-building is strengthened," the Prime Minister wrote.
Gandhi gave message of atma-nirbharta, atma-vishwas from Sabarmati Ashram
"Mahatma Gandhi gave the message of atma-nirbharta (self-reliance) and atma-vishwas (self-confidence) from here," Modi wrote. "Azadi Ka Amrut Mohatsav is a tribute by our people to the freedom movement. During the celebrations the country will not only remember all the important milestones, important times during the freedom movement but also gain new energy for the development of our future," Modi further wrote.
A cultural program was also held
"I am confident that with the blessings of Bapu, we Indians will follow our duties and achieve the goals set during this Amrut Mahotsav," Modi added. Modi then went to the venue of the cultural program adjacent to the Ashram.
'Vocal For Local' is a wonderful tribute to Bapu: Modi
"Today's #AmritMahotsav program begins from Sabarmati Ashram, from where the Dandi March began," Modi tweeted before the launch of the celebrations. "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.
Here is what Modi tweeted
'Buy any local product and post picture on social media'
"Buy any local product and post a picture on social media using #VocalForLocal. A Charkha will be installed near Magan Niwas at Sabarmati Ashram," Modi tweeted before the Mahotsav launch. "It will rotate full circle with each tweet related to Aatmanirbharta. This shall also become a catalyst for a people's movement," Modi further tweeted.
Here is what Modi tweeted before the launch
Gujarat Governor and CM Rupani were present at the launch
The Central government has constituted a committee under Union Home Minister Amit Shah to chalk out policies and planning of events to be undertaken as part of the celebrations. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and CM Vijay Rupani were also present at the launch.