New Delhi, August 9: Both houses in the Parliament will today mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement. On this occasion Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that even the British back then wouldn't have thought of a revolution of this scale. He recalled the efforts of leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan in taking the movement forward. Quit India or the August Kranti was like the final battle. The Question Hour and Zero Hour will be suspended in order to make way for the special session.
PM Modi said, “The Quit India movement marked the rise of a new leadership. They supported Mahatma Gandhi during the movement. The Indian freedom struggle witnessed participation from a wide range of individuals over several years. People followed the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi of Do or Die.”
The PM said that the menace of corruption had adversely impacted our development journey. Poverty, lack of education and malnutrition were biggest challenges our nation faced today and a positive change in this regard was requisite.
He remarked, “In the freedom struggle of India, the role of women was important.” Adding further he opined, “From 2017 to 2022, when India turns 75, we need to create the same spirit that existed from 1942 to 1947. In 1942 the clarion call was 'Karenge Ya Marenge' - today it is 'Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge.' These 5 years are about Sankalp Se Siddhi.”
Earlier in the day, PM Modi urged the nation on the occasion of the '75th anniversary of the Quit India movement' to create a 'New India' by 2022. The PM also wants India to be free from the clutches of poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism and communalism. "On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women and men who took part in the movement (sic)," he tweeted.