Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the people of the country to ensure that the next five years are transformative in an address to members of Parliament on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement.
The Quit India Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during demanding an end to British Rule of India.
On 8 August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi made a call to Do or Die in his Quit India Speech delivered in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan. The All India Congress Committee launched a mass protest demanding what Gandhi called ‘An Orderly British Withdrawal’ from India.
It is important to remember Mahatma Gandhi’s words on 8 August, 1942 in Bombay ahead of the Quit India Movement, in which he asked people to adopt ahimsa during the struggle for India’s independence.
The prime minister recalled that even as senior leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi were jailed at the beginning of the Quit India movement, a new generation emerged to fill the vacuum and take the campaign forward.
Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the people to take a pledge to free the country of problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a ‘new India’ by 2022.
There is a need to create the same spirit that existed between 1942 and 1947. Citizens should rise above the differences they have with each other and unite in a joint effort to establish an India that the country’s freedom fighters had dreamt of in the next five years to 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence.
Narendra Modi saluted all those who participated in the historic movement in 1942 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to take inspiration from that.
Modi said the ‘karenge ya marenge’ slogan should be adapted to ‘karenge aur karke rahenge’ in pursuit of six key aims the elimination of corruption, ensuring the poor get their rights, youth self employment, an end to malnutrition, empowering women and ending illiteracy. These are challenges that India needs to overcome, he said. He also mentioned the role played by women in the freedom struggle and said that they will bring immense strength in the effort to achieve common objectives.
In a series of tweets, Narendra Modi noted that the entire nation had come together under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi with the aim of attaining freedom.
‘On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement,’ he wrote.
‘In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different,’ the prime minister added.
Narendra Modi said, ‘the menace of corruption has adversely impacted the development journey of the country and has eaten the polity from the inside. Corruption, poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition are the greatest challenges that India now needs to overcome and a common resolve is needed. We need to bring a positive change in this regard, so that it can become inspiration for many other nations.’
The next five years should also be about Sankalp Se Siddhi, a resolve which will lead us to accomplishment,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
BJP’s youth wing planned a ‘Bharat Jodo Abhiyan to mark its 75th anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier asked the party to carry out a nationwide exercise between August 9 and August 15 to mark the Quit India Movement anniversary and launch a ‘sankalp yatra’ between August 15 and August 30.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the resolution passed by Lok Sabha, ‘Today, in the 75th year of the Quit India movement, we pledge to form a powerful, prosperous, clean, glorious India which is corruption free, has good administration, is advanced in science and technology and committed to everyone’s development.
We will be dedicated to manifest the concept of a country full of harmony and nationalism, committed to protecting the values of democracy. The representatives of 125 crore Indians pledge we will take along the people and fulfil our duty so that in the next five years, we will create the India of the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.’ Earlier, initiating the special discussion, Mahajan said Gandhi had said the poorest sections of society should be the priority when it comes to issues of development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, that from 1857 to 1942, the move towards freedom was incremental, but the years from 1942 to 1947, were transformative and delivered on the objective. The Prime Minister urged the Members of Parliament to rise above differences, and join in a common effort to create an India of the dreams of the freedom fighters in the next five years, from 2017 to 2022, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of independence.