Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan exhorting the youth said that let us take a pledge to live for the country. Every effort should be made to vindicate the dignity, honour, glory of Bharat Mata as well as the life values for which the freedom fighters sacrificed their lives and to ensure equality of opportunity for all the countrymen alongwith establish new dimensions of progress and development.
The Chief Minister was addressing the state level programme organised at the Shaurya Smarak Bhopal on the inauguration of the Amrit Mahotsav of independence.
Chouhan said that in order to familiarise the younger generation with the struggle and sacrifices of freedom fighters, some identified students of the state will be sent every year on a visit to Andaman-Nicobar, the pilgrimage place of martyrs, to strengthen the spirit of patriotism, dedication and sacrifice for the country in young generation. The Chief Minister said that efforts will be made to start N.C.C. and N.S.S. in all schools of the state.
Khajuraho MP and BJP State President VD Sharma, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Prabhuram Chaudhary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Science and Technology Minister Omprakash Saklecha, MLA Krishna Gaur, former mayor Alok Sharma, film producer, and director Prakash Jha, Principal Secretary Culture and Public Relations Sheo Shekhar Shukla and a large number of N.C.C. and N.S.S. students were present in the programme.
Photo exhibition centred on revolutionaries inaugurated
Chief Minister Chouhan inaugurated the programme with Kanya Pujan. Along with this, he offered flowers on the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. A portrait exhibition focusing on Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and the revolutionaries of Madhya Pradesh was also inaugurated by Chouhan. On this occasion, Vande Mataram was recited and the bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan Te…’ was also presented. The Chief Minister laid a wreath on the Shaurya Pillar and offered flowers on the statue of Bharat Mata.
CM narrates tale of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives
Chief Minister Chouhan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for organising the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence and said that Dandi Yatra was started by Mahatma Gandhi on March 12 itself. The British did not give independence to the country easily. On the other hand, thousands of freedom fighters scarified their lives, then the country became independent. The martyrdom of the brave warriors of Madhya Pradesh will always be remembered in this. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the names of many freedom fighters have been omitted while writing the history of freedom struggle. The names of these forgotten freedom fighters must be included and the coming generations must learn about their martyrdom. The Chief Minister also explained in detail about the atrocities and excesses committed by the British on Chandrasekhar Azad, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and freedom fighters at Andaman and Nicobar.
Large-scale events will be held in the state
Chief Minister Chouhan said that programmes will be organised on a large scale under the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence in the state. In order to save and cherish the memories of the freedom struggle, programmes will be held at all the places where Indian people have displayed bravery to fight against foreign invaders and driven them out of the country.
Shaurya Smarak is the hallmark of the valour of 30 thousand soldiers
Chief Minister Chouhan said that our forces have shown amazing valour and sacrifice to protect the country and maintain its unity even after attaining independence. After independence in the country, about 30 thousand soldiers have been martyred in various wars and conflicts. The idea of establishing a memorial in memory of these martyrs came up in 2010, since then there was an initiative to build the Shaurya Smarak. A statue of Bharat Mata has also been installed in the Shaurya Smarak.
Khajuraho MP and BJP State President V.D. Sharma said that the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence will play an important role in making the young generation of independent India aware of the sacrifices of freedom fighters. Sharma thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for this. He called upon the younger generation to pledge for the progress and growth of the country. The programme ended with the national anthem. (PR)