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 Assumption, 2023.
After landing at Ahmedabad airport, Modi drove to Sabarmati Ashram, where he paid floral tributes to Gandhi. He also visited Hriday Kunj, the house within the Ashram where Gandhi stayed together with his wife Kasturba from 1918 to 1930.
Modi wrote within the visitors’ book that the Mahotsav may be 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.
“Mahatma Gandhi gave the message of Atma-nirbharta (self-reliance) and atma-vishwas (self-confidence) from here, Modi wrote.
Azadi Ka Amrut Mohatsav may be a tribute by our people to our freedom fighters and freedom movement. During the celebrations the country won’t only remember all the important milestones, important times during the liberty movement but also gain new energy for development of our future, Modi wrote.
“I am confident that with the blessings of Bapu, we Indians will follow our duties and achieve the goals set during this Amrut Mohatsave,” he added.
Modi then visited the venue of the cultural programme adjacent to the Ashram.
“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 Indias people. Going #VocalForLocal may be a wonderful tribute to Bapu and our great freedom fighters,” Modi tweeted before the launch of the celebrations.