What is Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav?
The world’s biggest democracy just completed 75 glorious years of independence from the British. And to commemorate and celebrate this feat with a great pomp and show, the Government of India set forth the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. But what is Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in the first place?
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is nothing but an initiative set forth by the Central Government to honour and recognize India’s rich history and culture. The Mahotsav is also of the motive to instill a sense of gratitude towards our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to free our motherland from the shackles of British Raj. This also to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of India’s citizens towards her prosperity and development.
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi by flagging off a 25-day Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi on 12th March 2021. The Mahotsav was started as a 75-week countdown to our 76th Independence Day and will end a year later on 15th August, 2023.
Events and Themes
The campaign of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav involves a series of pan-India events under various themes. Let’s dwell into 5 such themes-
Freedom Struggle: This theme brings attention to the sacrifices of our unsung heroes because of whom Free India became a reality. It also revisits the milestones during the course of India’s freedom struggle that led to 15th August, 1947.
Some of the programmes conducted under this theme include Janjatiya Gaurav Divas, Shaheed Diwas and Netaji’s announcement of Declaration of Provisional Government of Free India.
Ideas@75: This theme focuses on the programmes and events influenced by ideas and ideals that helped shape India to where it is now and which will further help us navigate through Amrit Kaal (the 25 years between India@75 to India@100).
Events under this theme included programmes that emphasized on India’s unique contribution to the world. Some of the events and initiatives conducted include
the Kashi Utsav which is in dedication to the Hindi literary dignitaries from Kashi
and the ‘Post Cards to Prime Minister’ programme wherein 75 lakh children wrote about their vision of India in 2047 and exhibited their gratitude towards the unsung heroes of the freedom struggle.
Resolve@75: Like the name suggests, this theme emphasizes that the journey to 2047 will require collective resolve and determination in order to shape a bright destiny of our motherland.
Events under this initiative includes programmes like Constitution Day and Good Governance Week.
Action@75: This theme signifies the implementation of the various policies to for growth to happen so as to place India in a rightful position especially in a post-covid era.
Some of the prominent initiatives under this theme is the Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for Multi-modal Connectivity.
Achievments@75: India has had a very long 5000-year history and in the way achieved many milestones. And this theme revolves around our achievements post-independence.
Our various achievements are shown through programmes like Swarnim Vijay Varsh which is dedicated to India’s victory in the 1971 war and the launch of Shreshtha Yojana during Mahaparinirvan Diwas.
Citizen’s Enthusiasm Apart from the above-mentioned themes and events carried out by the Centre, the citizens also showed immense excitement in celebration of our independence. Flag rallies were carried out across all the towns and cities of the nation. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan drives were voluntarily being carried out by the people. People actively participated in the Har Ghar Tiranga initiative by proudly hoisting the tricolour in their respective homes. Under the aegis of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, crores of people changed their profile picture to that of our flag.
All of these initiatives together have invoked patriotism amongst our citizens at unimaginable levels. The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav has helped to tap India’s diverse heritage and activated India 2.0 which is backed by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. All of this together will make India a glorious superpower.