Re-enacting Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi Yatra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, March 12, flagged off the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, which turned a curtain raiser of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, a series of events organised to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence.
Launching the celebrations, Modi asserted that “Azadi Amrit Mahotsav” means elixir of energy of independence. “It means elixir of inspirations of the warriors of freedom struggle; elixir of new ideas and pledges and nectar of Aatmnirbharta,” he said.
The 75 weeks celebrations before 15 August 2022 will continue until 15 August 2023. In his speech, the Prime Minister reiterated five pillars — . Freedom Struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions at 75 and Resolves at 75 — as guiding force for moving forward keeping dreams and duties as inspiration.
The padyatra inaugurated by Modi is undertaken by 81 marchers from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Navsari, a journey of 386 km. The march will end after 25 days, on April 5. Mahatma Gandhi with 78 people started the Dandi Yatra on March 12, 1930 from Sabarmati Ashram by announcing the ‘Salt Satyagraha’.
Noting that the country took conscious effort for the last six years to preserve history, in every state and every region, he said the revival of the site associated with the Dandi Yatra was completed two years ago.
Pointing out that everyone was proud of the Constitution and democratic traditions, Modi said India, the mother of democracy, is still moving ahead by strengthening democracy. He said that India’s achievements are giving hope to the entire humanity.
All the states and various departments and institutions will be having various programmes in the next weeks, associating with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.