The government of India brought up the initiative of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark and celebrate the 75 years of developing independent India. The initiative is a personification of all the developments of India’s political, socio-cultural and economic identity and through this India is commemorating the glorious history of it’s culture, people and accomplishments.
On 12th March 2021, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the beginning of the 75-week long ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ from Sabarmati Ashram to celebrate 75 years of India’s freedom. This festival commenced the countdown to India’s 75th independence day anniversary and this will end after a year on 15th August 2023. A Dandi Yatra from Sabarmati Ashram was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi on 12th March 1930 in awake of nation’s self-esteem and self-reliance. On the same day in 2021, PM Modi started the emblematic Dandi Yatra which marked the amelioration of the journey of self-reliance and self-esteem through Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is devoted to the people of India who have been contributory and influential in the evolutionary progress of India as well as who also hold within them the potential and capability to enable PM Modi’s vision to initiate the 2.0 version of India which is energized by the Atmanirbhar Bharat spirit.
The centre focus is on participation of citizen to make Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav a ‘Janandolan’ where local level minor efforts will accumulate notable national gains. Thus, a number of intensive campaigns are being organized countrywide. In order to celebrate the freedom of fighters, numerous programs of freedom with the name of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are being coordinated across the nation. These campaigns or programs include various competitions, photo exhibitions, etc. that portrays the contribution and struggle of the freedom fighters. In some places, the display of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is in two parts, one part depicting the freedom movement prior to the Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival and the other picturizing the struggle of freedom led by Gandhiji. Various historical photographs depict the contribution of the famous Lal-Bal-Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai, Lokmanya Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. The movements of various other revolutionaries are also displayed including Mangal Pandey, Rani of Jhansi Rani Laxmibai, Raja Rammohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayanand, Chief Kartar Singh Sarabha, Veer Savarkar, Annie Besant, Khudiram Bose, Bhika Ji Cama and many more. The entry of Gandhi into Indian politics post his return to India from South Africa in 1915 is well portrayed in the photo exhibition series and his freedom movement was taken into a new era. The war fought through Satyagraha reaches Champaran Satyagraha (1917), Kheda Satyagraha (1918), Jallianwala Bagh Nar Sanhar (1919) from Non-Cooperation Movement (1921) to Dandi Satyagraha (1930) is shown along with special; reference to Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s role in the integration of nation and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s role in the freedom movement. Meanwhile, the martyrdom of Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru was also remembered. The exhibition as a whole depicts the chronological order of freedom fighters, independence movements and their struggle to make India free.
Thus, it can be inferred that the rapid strides that India took in the past 75 years is commemorated in the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ festival. This festival aims at encouraging us to retrieve our strengths that are hidden and prompts us to take sincere and collaborative action to regain our deserving place in the nation’s courtesy.