Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' event today, by flagging off a 386 km march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat's Navsari district. 'Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav' marks the 75th year of India's Independence and also commemorates the 91st years of Dandi March.
On March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi had led a group of 80 freedom fighters on a 24-day Salt Satyagraha, a nonviolent civil disobedience movement against the British. The 'Dandi March' of 2021 will see 81 people walk the route that was taken by Mahatma Gandhi and 80 others in 1930 from Ahmedabad to Dandi. It will end on April 6.
Amrit Mahotsav program begins from Sabarmati Ashram. The march had a key role in strengthening the spirit of Aatma nirbharta among India's people. Self-reliance or Atma Nirbharta is the key focus of the event. The PM Modi said “Going 'Vocal for Local' is a wonderful tribute to Bapu and our great freedom fighters."
The Prime Minister also paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. The PM added “Buy any local product and post a picture on social media using #VocalForLocal. A Charkha will be installed near Magan Niwas at Sabarmati Ashram. It will rotate full circle with each Tweet related to Aatma nirbharta. This shall also become a catalyst for a people's movement."
Apart from the freedom struggle, the PM said that four pillars- ideas, achievements, actions, and resolve would inspire the dreams and duties of India. The Mahotsav also contains a series of events to be organized; it will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.
India will also showcase its 'development, governance, technology, reform, progress and policy' over the years.