75th anniversary of Quit India Movement: Both houses of Parliament pay homage to the freedom fighters

  • 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement: Both houses of Parliament pay homage to the freedom fighters
09-08-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a special discussion in the Lok Sabha urged people to take pledge to honestly work to fight poverty and malnutrition in the country.

The Prime Minister said, from 2017 to 2022, when India turns 75, there is a need to create the same spirit that existed from 1942 to 1947. Saying, in 1942, clarion call was “Karenge Ya Marenge”, Modi said, it is “Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge.”

He said, the country's freedom was not only about India but also it was a defining moment in bringing an end to colonialism in other parts of the world too. Modi said remembering special occasion like anniversary of Quit India movement gives people of India strength as a nation.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, during the freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru spent several years in jail and many Congress workers died in jail. She said, a lot of atrocities were committed on the protesters, but no one stepped back. She said today it seems there is a threat to country’s secular, liberal and free thinking.

Earlier, the House paid tributes to the freedom fighters those who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan remembered the glorious contribution by many valiant freedom fighters.

The Rajya Sabha also paid respectful homage to all the martyrs and those who suffered untold sufferings during the freedom struggle. Leader of House Arun Jaitley said, India has adopted a multi-party democracy, electoral system and Parliamentary system.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad gave a detailed account of history of the Quit India movement and the contribution of the Congress Working Committee and the Muslim League.

The Quit India Movement was launched by the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on 9th August, 1942, demanding an end to the British Rule in India, and then on 15th August, 1947 India became independent.

The National Archives of India is also organizing a special exhibition in New Delhi from today to mark Quit India Movement and Azad Hind Fauj. The two big events of the Indian history will be displayed through thousands of declassified files and documents.


The Rajya Sabha today unanimously adopted a resolution solemnly taking a pledge to uphold and safeguard the values and ideals of the freedom movement and re-dedicate to build an India that is strong, self-reliant, inclusive, secular and democratic.

It observed that 75 years-ago, Mahatma Gandhi gave call for the British to Quit India and also gave the clarion call Do or Die to the Indian people to end the British Rule.

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