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25-day ‘Dandi March’ concludes on a colourful note

A glimpse of closing ceremony of commemorative Dandi Padyatra near National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Dandi, Gujarat, on Tuesday. (PIB)

New Delhi: Twenty-five day long ‘Dandi March’ as part of ‘Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ concluded today in Gujarat on a colourful note.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu graced the colourful closing ceremony of commemorative Dandi Padyatra near National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , Dandi, Gujarat today.

The function was organised by the Ministry of Culture and State government of Gujarat.

Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Gujarat; Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture; Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat; Prem Singh Tamang, Chief Minister of Sikkim; Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat; C R Patil, Member of Parliament; I.V. Subbarao, Secretary to the Vice President; Sudharshan Iyengar, Trustee, Sabarmati Ashram Trust and others were present at the event.

Addressing on the occasion, the Vice President said that Gandhi’s iconic Dandi Salt March was a watershed moment in our freedom struggle. VP Naidu said that it altered the course of history.

“The Dandi March we are symbolically revisiting today signifies our nation’s ability to stay united when we are faced with challenges,” he said.

Dandi Salt March a ‘watershed moment’ that altered the course of history: VP

The Vice President asked everyone to take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi who always used polite and respectful language even for his opponents.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi. (PIB)

“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”—a 75 week festival to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Sabarmati Ashram, on March 12, 2021.

The festival celebrates the rapid strides India has taken in the past 75 years. The Vice President said that it is a festival that encourages us to rediscover our hidden strengths and prompts us to take sincere, synergistic action to regain our rightful place in the comity of nations.

Addressing on the occasion, Prahlad Singh Patel said that 91 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi started this journey for the awakening of self-reliance and self-respect of the country, and now 91 years later, the symbolic Dandi Yatra which started on 12th March marks the revival of our journey of self-reliance and self-respect. However, this journey does not end here; it is the beginning of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi. (PIB)

He expressed his gratitude to the seven ministers, 11 MLAs, and 121 people who undertook this journey with him. He further said that it is the responsibility of every citizen to make it a Jan Mahotsav through mass participation in Amrit Mahotsav.

I think this is the real way to celebrate the festival of 75 years of independence of the country, the Minister added.

Earlier in the day, the Vice President paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Prarthna Mandir and interacted with the marchers who participated in the ceremonial Dandi March. He also visited Saifee Villa where Gandhiji had spent a night of 4 April 1930. After this, VP Naidu visited National Salt Satyagraha Memorial– a monument that honours the activists and participants of the Salt Satyagraha.

During the program, the Vice President also released the Special Envelopes on Geographical Indication (GI TAG) Products of Gujarat State Handicrafts Development Corporation. He also witnessed the mesmerising cultural performance by the folk artists from Sikkim, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. (PR)

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