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Citizen Campaign: Low Cost, People Intensive

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an intensive, country wide campaign which will focus on citizen participation, to be converted into a ‘Janandolan’, where small changes, at the local level, will add up to significant national gains.

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Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

The intent is to further the idea of a sustained and structured framework of connection between people of different regions of India. The Mahotsav will work to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different States & Union Territories by conducting activities in the areas of language, learning, tangible as well as intangible culture and heritage, paving the way for systematic process of mutual engagement and appreciation amongst people.

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Every State, Every Language: Har Rajya, Har Bhasha

India writes in many languages and speaks in many more voices. In order to promote deeper inclusivity across the nation, regional languages will be highlighted and showcased. Emphasis shall also be on highlighting the positives of every region of India.

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Emphasis on India’s Glorious History

India’s fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity. India’s shared history is the bedrock of its nationhood. This would be highlighted in “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.

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Shatabdi Sankalp

2047 will be a watershed moment in India’s history; 100 years of India’s Independence. “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” will focus on India’s vision, aspiration of India’s youth and what India will be in the next 25 years. During this Mahotsav India will strive to take a "Shatabdi Sankalp” which will act as guiding light for India during next 25 years.

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Showcasing India’s Development

Over the last 75 years, India has grown significantly across all sectors. The Mahotsav will showcase India’s accomplishments since 1947, instilling a sense of pride. India’s development has been remarkable and holds great promise for the future. From space and technology, to health and education, India’s growth story has been impressive and innovative across all sectors.

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Global Outreach

“Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” will be shared and promoted around the world, also with India’s diverse diaspora across many continents. As we begin these celebrations, we invite people to participate digitally in the events that unfold through the year. These events will highlight India’s culture and heritage on a global stage and bring awareness globally to the unique legacy of India. Events overseas will depict India’s impressive growth story in all spheres.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ countdown to 15th August 2022, the event and activity calendar will have ‘75 events in 75 weeks’. All of the celebratory and commemorative efforts are intended to be people intensive and cost efficient.

The Main Curtain Raiser Event is planned for the 12th March, 2021 at Sabarmati Ashram precincts in Amdavad, Gujrat. On the same day, 75 events showcasing the diversity of India and its collective consciousness will be held at different locations across India.

All States Government and Union Territories have also been requested to plan their forthcoming events calender for the first 75 weeks.

Different ministries and departments under Government of India have conceptualized events that not only align with the overall focus on nation building but also help us appreciate in an ongoing manner the ideas of resilience and self reliance, connect with our rich cultural heritage and draw inspiration from India’s ever expanding role as a global leader.

  • Commencement of the event from Sabarmati Ashram.
  • Launch of 75 Episode program/ Web series “Journey of India” (the start day of Dandi March)
  • Exhibition on Nand Lal Bose’s Haripura Congress.
  • Inauguration of Virtual Museum on Ajanta.
  • Exhibition on Nine Treasures of India, Inauguration of NGMA (Jaipur House)
  • A Special TV and Radio Series on “India: Then and Now” (Day of Shaheed Divas)
  • Independence 2.0: ‘Hum Sun Rahe Hain’- Social Media Advertisement (Ministry of Culture, )
  • Launch of ‘Idea Box’ to Crowd source "Citizen’s Thoughts on India@75"
  • Exhibition on Shashwat Nagri – Varanasi
  • Gautam Buddha Museum, Delhi
  • Inaugurating the Restored Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, Amritsar
  • Guru Shishya Platform
  • Biplabi Bharat Museum, Kolkata
  • Success Stories of Indian Sportsperson in 75 years (Launch of Khelo India)
  • Exhibition on Indian Paintings of 18th and 19th Century at National Museum
  • Ten Online Exhibitions on Ramayana and Takshila Ornaments at National Museum
  • Commemoration of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
  • Exhibition by Information Ministry and Indian Railways across India (1857 Anniversary)
  • Event at Red Fort on India@75
  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s Jayanti (through RRRLF)
  • Museum on India’s Prime Ministers , New Delhi
  • Museum on Kashmir (Delhi)
  • Cultural Festival (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat), Kashmir
  • Museum on Freedom Struggle (Delhi)
  • International Yoga Day at the Global Level
  • Exhibition on Central Asia (National Museum)
  • Kedarnath Cultural Centre and Pilgrimage Route
  • Government Museum, Chennai
  • Victory Museum, Kolkata
  • ‘Museum of Words’, Kolkata - an integrated museum; as a hub for collections, display and activities of all kinds of relating to literature, the world and text(oral, traditions, manuscripts,print,electronic texts) particularly from India.
  • Development of ‘Shergadhi and Mubarak Mandi’ in Srinagar & Jammu
  • Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum, Development of Srinagar
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat : Learning 100 Sentences in different Indian languages with Audio : 75 lakh People/Students.
  • National Book Trust to publish 75 books on Freedom Fighters.
  • 75 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across India to be converted into 9 Education Hubs
  • Indian Council of Historical Research to document, 75 Lesser known Heroes and 75 Lesser known Places and 75 Lesser known Events of the Indian Independence.
  • Essay Competitions and Cycle Rallies involving students from universities and colleges
  • Shikshak Parv to held from 7th September to 20th September 2021
  • International Webinarsplanned on India’s Unique Toy-based Pedagogy. The gamified approach would also be incorporated in the National Curriculum Framework, in the period between August-December 2021.
  • Essay competitions, seminars and cycle rallies to be held in every school.
  • School assemblies to focus on Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and special school badges with logo of Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to be created.
  • Fourth Anniversary of Ayushman Bharat which aims to provide free access to healthcare for 50 crore people in the country to be celebrated.
  • Fortnight of Ayushman Pakhwada at 1.1 lakh functional Ayushman Bharat - Health and Wellness Clinics.
  • Eat Right – Walkathon and Eat Right Mela
  • Immunization Corners during weekly bazaars, fairs, festivals, exhibitions.
  • Tele-consultation Services at 75,000 HWCs
  • 7.5 lakhs Health Promotion Activities
  • 75 Crores Cumulative Screenings of Common Communicable Diseases of TB and Leprosy.
  • 75,000 School and Health Wellness Ambassadorsto be available in 200 Districts
  • 75 lakhs + Wellness Sessions to be organized.
  • Establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (TM) in India.
  • Global Yoga Projects :Yoga for All initiative to cover 75,000 villages across India
  • Yoga Certification courses to be made available in 75 countries , thus creating 75,000 certified yoga personnel around the world. The courses would be a mix of online and offline offerings.
  • Propagation of Healthy Lifestyle ‘Dincharya’ to be undertaken and Medicinal Plants to be distributed in in 75,000 Schools.
  • Aatma Nirbhar Kisan initiative to support cultivation of Medicinal Plants covering 75.000 hectares. About 50,000 to 60,000 farmer already identified for initiation of cultivation of medicinal plants commercially. Currently about 250 land clusters have been identified and wherever necessary the new cluster formation will be done
  • Medical Camps by Ayurveda/ Siddha/ Unani/ Homoeopathy Colleges and other Ayush Institutions to be organized. Drive to identify and document ‘Local Medicinal Plants’ and ‘Traditional Foods & Recipes of India’
  • Setting up of AYUSH GRID with user, vertical specific applications along with environmental interfaces would be undertaken
  • Country wide Rozgar Mela Week to be organized in all states from 9-15th August.
  • Adarsh Gram Skill Camps as part of Skill Melas: & Day Skill India Heritage Camp to be held at heritage sites.
  • One week Special Training Programs around the theme of "Skilling in India@75"
  • Launch of Bharat Skills-Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Generation of 75 Crore Health IDs in 75 weeks
  • 1-Day Virtual celebration of 7500 Health facilities registration
  • NDHM 1st Anniversary Celebration to have an International Conference on Robust and Inclusive Digital Health Systems
  • A curated digital collection of Health Stalwarts (75 stories)
  • 1 Day celebration of Two Crore Hospital Admissions (May 2021)
  • Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara from 1st to 15th September, 2021
  • E-card Generation Drive
  • Beneficiary Empowerment and Awareness
  • Arogya Manthan 3.0 from 20th to 24th September, 2021
  • Launch of Coffee Table Book on 20th September,2021
  • Collection of 100 Testimonials of AB PM-JAY Beneficiaries, Doctors and Frontline workers
  • Holding of an event on opening of 7500th store under Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janausjadhi Pariyojana (MBJP) scheme.
  • Dissemination of information about ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ as a good practice amongst neighbouring and other Asian/ African countries.
  • Holding of week-long events during Jan Aushadhi Diwas on 7th March
  • Conducting special, on-line courses for foreign students
  • Organizing specially designed courses for industry workers for their skill development
  • Generating publicity material and holding Awareness Campaigns
  • Organizing National level Seminars
  • Organizing Regional and State level Webinars through PMRUs
  • NSS Volunteers to launch a year-long drive
  • Promote Cleanliness of Monuments.
  • Organize Science Exhibitions in about 30,000 educational institutions across the country.
  • Youth led Clean Village Campaign: Coverage of over six lakh villages. The campaign will also involve plantation of 5 crore local species and medicinal plants.
  • Establishing Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness Teams: Of 1 lakh trained youth volunteers in hazard prone districts to act as first responders to disaster.
  • Taking forward Khelo India activities
    • 10,000 Sporting Talents
    • 500 Khelo India Small Centres
    • 50 Khelo India National Academies of Excellence
    • World Class Training to 5000 Sportspersons
  • Here are some glimpses of the cycle rally organized by members of the National Service Scheme Lakhimpur-Kheri at the inauguration of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students to develop their personality through community service.

  • Here are glimpses of celebration of Amrit Mahotsav by volunteers from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, which is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India
  • Nehru Yuva Kendra Siaha which lies in the north-eastern state of Mizoram celebrated 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' by organizing Neighborhood Youth Parliament.
  • Start ups , Technology Awards , Hackathons
  • Promotion of Horticultural Crops
  • 75 mass awareness campaigns, one every week , on identified themes
  • Portal on 75 years of Indian Agriculture
  • 75 Special Krishi Karman Awards 2002
  • Formalization of micro Food Processing Enterprises.
  • Generate 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled resources
  • Two lakh micro food processing units
  • Gram Brand Ambassador – Identify 75 best performing Gram Panchayats, Block Samities and Zilla Parisahds as ‘Agents of Change’
  • Rojgar Diwas in all Gram Panchayats
  • Implementation of Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme and Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (Watershed Development Component)
  • National Level Conference on importance of Development of Rainfed and Degraded Areas in India
  • Organising awareness programmes at State, district & block level about importance of Soil & Water Conservation
  • Ganga Quest :Online international quiz on Ganga and its ecosystem (April and May, 2021)
  • Rag Rag mein Ganga: Public connect travelogue serial from Uttarakhand to West Bengal
  • Nat Geo film on Ganga
  • Ganga Utsav 2021(2nd to 4th November, 2021)
  • 3rd National Water Awards
  • Har Ghar Jal Rajya: State wise events where 100% coverage of tap water has been achieved
  • Satyagrah se Swachhagrah Rath Yatra: 36 Raths from State capitals to all States to assemble at a place of importance (15 Aug 2021 to 2 Oct 2021)
  • Gobardhan Sachcha-dhan: IEC campaign (15 Aug 2021 – 15 Aug 2021)

    15th March, 2021

    The progress of a nation and it’s market evolution also depends on the awareness of the consumers. After all educated consumers make informed choices. A webinar on ‘World Consumer Rights Day’ was organized at the headquarters of Bureau of Indian Standards, in which several consumer organizations participated.

    They were apprised of the activities undertaken by BIS, including e-BIS and BIS Care App, to support the cause of the consumer. Similar programmes were organized at BIS Regional and Branch Offices. A special banner on “Celebrating Indian Independence 75 years- in service to the Nation” was showcased BIS HQ.



    6th April, 2021

    A seminar on “Standardization in the field of Khadi- A Symbol of India’s Independence” was organized at BIS HQ. Stakeholders from various industry associations, consumer organizations etc. were the attendees of the event.

  • Development of National Highways : 35,000 kms by 15th August, 2022
  • Monertization of NHs (TOT), and InvIT, SPV, Securitization ; Rs. 45, 000 crores by 15th August, 2022
  • Car Rally in collaboration with Kalinga Motorsports covering the places of Historical importance in India
  • Azaadi Express
  • Exhibition at National Rail Museum
  • Digital screens to be installed and digital museums set up.
  • National Tribal Freedom Museum in Gujarat & Jharkhand
  • Development of 10,000 SC majority villages
  • Declaration of drug-free district under Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan
  • Establishing Bal Vatikas at Anganwadi Centres
  • National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation
  • Generate 1 crore Unique Disability ID cards (December 2022)
  • Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior: August, 2022
  • Setting up Early Intervention Centres at 7 National Institutes & 20 Composite Regional Centres.
  • Centralized Investment Clearance Cell (ICC) to be set up.
  • Develop India International Convention and Expo Centre in Dwarka
  • Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) proposed : outlay of INR 945 Crore
  • Credit Guarantee Scheme with an annual corpus of 500 crore per annum for 4 years to be launched by August 2021
  • Reduce time taken in examination of Patents from an average of 72 months to around 36 months at present and further 12 months by December 2021.
  • Reduce compliance burden and promote ease of doing business - environment with two phase action plan
  • Celebrating Year 2022 as Visit India Year
  • Paryatan Parv 2022 : Organise a nationwide event from 26th January 2022 to 27th September 2022 (World Tourism Day)
  • Dekho Apna Desh: To create awareness about & promote domestic tourism
  • India Pavilion @ World Expo, 2020, Dubai
  • Replicate Varanasi Agri Export Hub Model in other Agri Clusters
  • Build on the Champion Services Sector initiative
  • Launch 3D printing parks and encourage 3d printing production lines, start-ups and associated skilling and R&D
  • Steel Murals portraying freedom fighters, their struggle and achievements
  • “Steel Rath/Bus Yatra’’- a mobile museum exhibition of Steel products
  • Organize a “Steel Fest” at ITPO Pragati Maidan for 2 days
  • Conduct of photo exhibition on use of Plastics & Waste Management
  • Awareness program at schools about polymers, plastics, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce and giving the illustrations of the activities at Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology.
  • Global Bio-India to be organized (March 2022). India will achieve US$ 100 Bn bioeconomy by then
  • Establishment of the National Microbial Resource Institute (NMRI)
  • Establishment of ONE HEALTH research platform
  • 10 Biotech URJIT clusters to be set up
  • Launch of Himalyan Bioresource Mission
  • Organizing a Hackathon on aspects related to future of Telecom in India@75
  • Inauguration of a Telecom Museum, online repository of photos
  • Campaign on: Swachh Sagar and Prithvi Vigyan Se Jan Kalyan
  • Hosting Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (SCAR-2022) for the first time in India.
  • Transformative Governance through National E-Governance Division
  • National Policy on Software Products 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation
  • Extensive People’s Participation through
    • Launching an Ideas Box for crowdsourcing citizen ideas for India@75
    • Organizing a Mega TownHall to connect with 75 key Indians who have shaped India@75
    • Launch of Design competition for India@75
  • Global Digital Outreach by NIC to propagate achievements at India@75
  • Excellence in Governance : Global HR Summit
  • Creating Karmayogis – A future ready civil service for India
  • Ek Bharat, Ek Jazba- Ek Seva campaign
  • Issue of Commemorative postage stamps on lesser known freedom fighters – tribals,women,teachers etc.
  • India@75 – Journey through Stamps – Book/ Documentary
  • Philately Exhibition
  • Establish Dak Ghar Niryat Kendra in around 800 post offices
  • "Conclave of Good Governance" to be organized (75 weeks of webinars)
  • India@75 Celebrations by Indian Mission Abroad
  • Lighting of Iconic buildings in all countries in Indian colours
  • Global short film competition on “My Impression of India”
  • Seminar on India@75 in collaboration with think tanks, universities and/ or media houses.
  • Organization of Seminar and Conferences
  • Changing the format of Republic Day Celebration.
  • Dedicating the following Projects to India @75 in 2022
    • Sela Tunnel in West Kameng and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
    • Brahmaputra Tunnel in the District of Sonitpur, Assam.
    • Induction of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in the Armed Forces.
    • Induction of First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) in Indian Navy.
  • Launch/ Demonstration Activities covering
    • Light Combat Aircraft Mk-II
    • DRDO Satellite ‘ANVESHA’ with imaging payloads
    • Vehicle for Defence Applications (VEDA)
    • Submarine Launch Cruise Missile(SLCM)
    • Ghatotkach
    • Long Range Anti-ship Missile (LR-AShM)
    • Air to Surface Missile (ASM) “ RUDRAM-II”
    • Long Range Radar(LRR)
    • Digital Active Phased Array (DAPA) Radar
    • Surface Wave Over The Horizon (OTH) Radar
  • Kisan Unnati BARC Beej ke Saath – 75 agricultural roadshows and Kisan Unnati Melas to promote breeder seeds and smart farming technologies
  • Launch of Exhibition by Hon’ble Minister of Info. & Broadcasting
  • Virtual Inauguration of six exhibitions on ‘Stages of Freedom Movement’ and prominent freedom fighters by Hon’ble Minister of I&B was done. These included Samba District (Jammu and Kashmir), Bangalore (Karnataka), Pune (Maharashtra), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Moirang (Manipur), Patna (Bihar).
  • The Exhibition at Samba, Jammu is organised at Brigadier Rajender Singh Pura Bagoona, which is the birthplace of Brigadier Rajender Singh, also known as 'Saviour of Kashmir' who single-handedly faced off against Pakistan backed tribesmen during an attack in October, 1947 in Kashmir and laid down his life in the conflict. Brigadier Rajender Singh and his men successfully delayed the forward movement of Pakistani tribal raiders towards Srinagar until the Indian Army arrived. On 30 December 1949, he became independent India's first recipient of the MahaVir Chakra.
  • The Regional Outreach Bureau, Bengaluru organised the exhibition at Kendriya Sadana, Kormangala, Bengaluru. In Bengaluru there are many places associated with the freedom struggle movement like National High School Ground, Gandhi Bhavana, Bannappa Park, Freedom Park and Yeswantpura railway station. The exhibition has sought to highlight contributions of local freedom fighters along with national freedom fighters.
  • The exhibition at Pune was organised at The Aga Khan Palace which is a majestic building, closely linked to the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu.
  • Mahatma Gandhi and the others were interned in the palace for twenty one months from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944, following the launch of Quit India Movement. Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai died during their captivity period in the palace and their ‘Samadhis’ are located there. Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi have their memorials located in the same complex, near Mula River.
  • Regional Outreach Bureau, Bhubaneswar is organized exhibition from 12th to 16th March in Khorda district. The district is historically significant as a number of freedom fighters were born in this district. During these five days, exhibitions, seminars, cultural programs and other competitions were organised. Panels highlighting significant contribution of freedom fighters from Odisha have also been displayed.
  • Moirang occupies a unique place in the history of India’s freedom struggle and holding the photo exhibition here as part of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav is very significant. It was in Moirang that the flag of the INA was first unfurled on April 14,1944.
  • The virtual inauguration of the 5-Day Photo Exhibition on Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav at INA Memorial Auditorium at Moirang in Bishnupur District of Manipur was attended by Dr. RK Ranjan Singh, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), senior officials of State Art and Culture Department and District Administration of Bishnupur.
  • The main features of the exhibition showcased major landmarks of India’s struggle for independence, Non-Cooperation Movement, Civil Disobedience, Quit India Movement etc. with special focus on Dandi March, Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel and other leaders of the movement who made sacrifices for our country.
  • Cultural programmes like theme songs on nationalism, indigenous drum dances, dances of India and martial arts were performed by the staff and empanelled artists of Regional Outreach Bureau, quiz and extempore speech competition for students were the other attractions of the programme.
  • The Exhibition at Patna has been organised at Anugrah Narayan College. The college is named after Anugrah Narayan Singh who was a leading freedom fighter and played an important role during Gandhiji's Champaran satyagraha. The Exhibition, highlighted important freedom fighters of Bihar. Rare footage of freedom fighters was screened on LED TV and a cultural program was organized.
  • Through images the exhibitions of BOC have made an effort to capture some of the unforgettable moments from our freedom struggle as well as the people who participated in it. These exhibitions will showcase the sacrifices and struggles of various freedom icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,Smt. Sarojini Naidu, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai and revolutionaries like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil and many more.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy honouring Smt Seetha Mahalakshmi, daughter of Late Sri Pingali Venkayya, at her residence, Macherla, Guntur District on 12-03-2021

District Collector, Krishna Participates in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Rally.

District Collector, Krishna Participates in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations at Ghantasala, College of Music and Dance.

Commemoration ceremony of Anglo- Abor war of 1894 held at Dambuk

  • 5th April, 2021, Dambuk : The Anglo Abor war of 1894 was commemorated during the celebration of Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav – 75th years of India's Independence at Bongal Yapgo Heritage site, Yapgo village, Dambuk today.
  • The MLA, 42nd Dambuk, Smti Gum Tayeng graced the occasion as the Chief guest. The program was attended by the Secretary Cultural Affairs, Shri Remo Kamki, Director Art and Culture, Shri Tamune Messar, ADC, Dambuk Shri Sibo Passing, EAC, Shri Kabang Apum, ZPC, Obang Ngupok, ZPM, Dambuk, Shri Tony Borang, President and Secretary of ABK and IMCLS, Chairman and Secretary of Bongal Yapgo Preservation Committee, HODs of Dambuk, GBs and HGBs, PRI members, Public leaders, senior leaders, Youths, students and Public of Dambuk.
  • To mark the day, the National flag was hoisted at Bongal Yapgo by the MLA, 42nd Dambuk, Smti Gum Tayeng in presence of a huge public gathering. As a mark of respect to the freedom fighter, Lt. Muttum Darin, floral tribute was paid at War memorial (Muttum Lireng) by all dignitaries present. Two minutes silence in honor of all the Martyrs was observed for eternal peace of their souls.
  • Shri Sibo Passing, ADC Dambuk delivered the welcome address and highlighted the objective of the programme.
  • Shri Abu Saring, Secretary Bongal Yapgo Preservation Committee, Dambuk spoke on the brief history of the Anglo Abor war of 1894.
  • Shri Tamuna Messar, Director Art and Culture, GoAP said that the war heritage site Bongal Yapgo should be preserved. He assured to extend cooperation from his end in preserving the site and making it a tourist Hotspot. He also asked the local youths of the area to promote and sale local indigenous items and become self reliant once the place is open to tourists.
  • Shri Remo Kamki, Secretary, Cultural Affairs, GoAP, also spoke on preserving the site and asked everyone to take pride on our rich historical past. He asked everyone to remain united and maintain the spirit of brotherhood despite the regional and cultural diversity. He thanked the District Administration for successful conduct of the program despite the short notice.
  • Smti Gum Tayeng, MLA 42nd Dambuk appealed to the public to cooperate with the government and the departments in preserving the site. Considering the rich history of the site, she said that the heritage site at Bongal Yapgo has a huge potential to develop as a tourist hotspot and that she would extend her full cooperation and all possible help in making the site a tourist Hotspot. She urged the people not to the encroach the site and instead help the departments in preserving it. She asked the people of the area to honor the sacrifices of the martyrs by becoming good and responsible citizens of the area. She also appealed the Secretary and Director, cultural affairs who were present on the occasion to extend help from their end in preserving and developing the site.
  • The MLA promised to release fund from her LAD fund for construction of platform around the historical hollock tree (Keming Lokne), where rituals were performed in the ancient times after killing an enemy.
  • On the occasion, the students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya, Dambuk and SHGs presented group song and cultural programs respectively.
  • Shri Bolet Tayeng, GB, Yapgo and Shri Mongol Yomso also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)

Celebrations of 75 years of India’s independence also coincide with 50 years of statehood for Meghalaya. Conrad Sangma , the Chief Minister of Meghalaya led the people of the State in celebrating Amrit Mahotsav

The celebrations also witnessed an enthralling performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir & great showmanship by ICCR through the docu drama on Meghalaya's freedom fighters at the curtain raiser for the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

  • In the UT of Puducherry, Hon'ble Lt. Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has kick-started the celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Square, Beach Road, Puducherry after paying floral tribute to the photo of Mahatma Gandhi ji in the early hours of 12.3.2021.
  • After paying floral tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi ji, she has honoured the veteran Freedom Fighters who had come and graced the occasion. Thereafter, the Hon'ble Lt. Governor has flagged off the cycle rally of 75 school students led by Thiru. Dr. A. P. Maheswari, Advisor to Lt. Governor and the symbolic Dandhi March led a group of 78 school students and NSS volunteers, who were went to the sea shore to take the salt to mark of the 91st anniversary of the first day of Dandhi March.
  • The Hon'ble Lt. Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has started the 75000 tree plantation event by planting a sapling at the Gandhi Square abetting the Beach Road and opposite to the Chief Secretariat, Puducherry and she has flagged off the Boat Rally of 75 boats in the Bay of Bengal from the Gandhi Square as the final event.
  • The entire area around the Gandhi Statue was with Patriotic fervour with singing of Patriotic Songs and carry out the bhajan by the talented musicians of Bharathiyar Palkalai Koodam, Puducherry.
  • After that, addressing the media and the public gathered at the Gandhi Thidal, the Hon'ble Lt. Governor said that Puducherry is the land of freedom fighters and social reformers like Subramania Bharathi, Sri Aurobindo, Bharathidasan etc. and we should protect and preserve the freedom fighters efforts in true spirits.
  • The event was attended by Thiru. Dr. C. Chandramouli, IAS(Retd), Thiru. Dr. A.P. Maheshwari, IPS(Retd) , both Advisors to the Lt. Governor, Thiru. Ashwani Kumar, Chief Secretary, the Secretaries to the Govt., Officials of various other Departments and the public in large number.
  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath lead the Amrit Mahotsav celebrations at Shaheed Smarak in Kakori, Lucknow.

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a 3-day Shehnai festival was organised at Benaras Hindu University.

Sangeet Natak Academy and Faculty of Music & Performing Arts, BHU joined hands to organise this musical evening to remember the shehnai maestro, Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan.

Did you know that on 15th August 1947, after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst With Destiny’ speech, it was the melody of shehnai that rose from the Red Fort. It was Ustad Qamruddin ‘Bismillah” Khan who also played the Shehnai at the first Republic Day celebration in 1950. Ever since then, he continued to mesmerize the world for more than 50 years with melodious tunes till his death in 2006. His very city Banaras paid a melodious tribute to the legend through the musical evenings.

Famous shehnai players from across the country performed at Pandit Omkarnath Thakur auditorium in BHU for more than 3 hours daily. The list included exponents such as Daya Shankar from Delhi Sailesh Bhagwat from Mumbai, Rudresh Bhajantri from Karnataka, Ahmad Abbas Khan from West Bengal and many more. Fateh Ali Khan the grandson of Bismillah Khan was also part of the event celebrating 75 years of India’s independence with a 75 week countdown.

Indian Cultural Centre and Embassy of India, Seoul organised the curtain raiser event of the ‘Festival of Independence’ on 19th March marking the beginning of the 75 weeks celebrations of India@75.

India attained independence after a lengthy period of British colonial rule on August 15, 1947. It is a happy coincidence that India shares its Independence Day, August 15, with the people of the Republic of Korea. To commemorate this occasion, Government of India has announced to mark this milestone in our journey as a nation with 75 weeks of India@75 celebrations worldwide.

On this occasion, H. E. Mr. Hwang Hee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea gave the Congratulatory remarks highlighting the long cultural and historical ties between the two countries. He also shared the common struggle of the people of India anf Korea against their colonial rulers and now they have become friends who celebrate independence of each other as well as partners who plan the future together. “As companions who went through same hardship and challenges, the long-standing history of trust and solidarity between India and Korea is opening a new Chapter of Hope in our shared journey”, said the Minister.

Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Government of India as the Guest of Honour, outlined the preparations for India@75 celebrations in India. According to the Minister, “India maintains its identity in the world as a knowledge giver. We carry out our duties in the world with recognition of service and sacrifice. After this crisis of Corona, India is fulfilling all its responsibilities by celebrating this festival. Whether it is to deliver medicines or vaccines in the world or other types of service, we are ready to give up even though we are in need, because the core of Indian culture is service and sacrifice”. The manner in which people of India are engaged in this ‘Festival of Independence’, it is believed that by the time it completes 75 weeks, this festival will assume the form of a mass movement, says the Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.

H. E. Sripriya Ranganathan, Ambassador of India to Republic of Korea gave the welcome remarks and highlighted upon the proposed activities of the India@75 Celebrations in Republic of Korea. She also focused on India’s progress in social, political and economic field and how India has emerged as a force to reckon with at the international level. Quoting the founding fathers of India, who drafted the Constitution of India, she outlined on the principle of democracy, social justice and equality and the inclusiveness of the Indian society.

During the ceremony, a Video Message by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi was also screened which was delivered at the inauguration of the curtain raiser activities of the “India@75” at Sabarmati, Gujarat (India) on March 12 at the inauguration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, as the Prime Minister himself calls it. A dance and musical rendition by the artists from India was also screened during the Curtain raiser ceremony.

The Session was moderated by Dr. Sonu Trivedi, Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Seoul. “As we are entering into the 75th year of independence, we hope to carry forward the legacy of our freedom fighters, their struggle for independence and the innumerable contributions of the builders of modern India along with the rich democratic traditions of India for the years to come”, said Dr. Sonu Trivedi.

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Aatmanirbhar Bharat Incubator

To promote the idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Ministry of Culture along with Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust is launching a unique support and incubation scheme aimed at India’s traditional connection with the natural world. This partnership initiative will aim to preserve the indigenous skill of India that suffered during Pre-Independence days. This will be a true contribution to Aatmanirbhar Bharat, a recognition of our rich indigenous knowledge. The idea is to turn this initiative into a movement, a “Jan Aandolan”.

Jan Bhagidari

12th March 2021 was chosen as the date of launch of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. On this day, a freedom march (padyatra) from Sabarmati Ashram was flagged off by Hon’able Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, which will culminate at Dandi in Navsari district in Gujarat.



Aatmanirbhar Charkha

The Charkha has always stood for self empowerment and progress in the narrative of our freedom struggle in public consciousness, but Gandhiji himself at different points in time has highlighted the deeper significance of the charkha in our everyday lives.

Here are some inspirational quotes on the charkha by Gandhi.

Charkha is an instrument of service
The Charkha is an outward symbol of truth and nonviolence.
The Charkha supplemented the agriculture of the villagers and gave it dignity.
I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life.
I claim that in losing the spinning wheel we lost our left lung.
I have called spinning the yajna of this age of India.
The Charkha is intended to realize the essential & living oneness of interest among India's myriads.

As we do a countdown to the 75th year of India's independence, it is time to reignite the narrative of the charkha and power it with the cry of 'VOCAL FOR LOCAL'

During the launch of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' on 12th March, 2021 at Sabarmati, Gujarat the 'Aatmanirbhar Charkha' installation was unveiled by the Prime Minister, Shri Narandra Modi.

The Aatmanirbhar Charkha spins basis tweets using #vocalforlocal. It relies on all of our collective efforts to ensure this symbol of self reliance continues to echo in our hearts for a long time to come.

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