New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on the nation’s youth to remember the ‘ August Kratni Diwas’ or Quit India Movement of 1942 and said that a similar resolve must be taken to end corruption, communalism and casteism in the country.
In the 34th edition of Mann Ki Baat radio programme, the Prime Minister invited the youth to come up with innovative ways to create a ‘New India’ by using the online medium so that such social evils are eradicated.
“If 125 crore Indians decide to do something for the country, resolve like the one of ‘August Kranti Diwas’ in 1942.We can shape a new future for India in 2022. We have to make 2017 as year of resolve. Poverty, corruption, communalism, casteism must quit India. All individuals and institutions should resolve, come up with new ideas, contribute to New India,” he said.
“Let’s transform this campaign into a people’s movement,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi further said that a ‘Tweet India Quiz’ will be launched on the NarendraModi App so that the youth get to connect to India’s proud history.
“This quiz is an effort to connect youth to India’s proud history,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the month of August is the month of ‘revolution’ and appealed to the nation to celebrate August 15th (Independence Day) as ‘Sankalp Parva’ or ‘Day of Resolve’.
“We should celebrate 15th August 2017 as the Sankalp Parva or the Day of Resolve. We have to take pledge to quit un-cleanliness, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism from India,” he said.
He also said that this year we are celebrating 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement.
“The month of August is the month of revolution. The non – cooperation movement began on August 1, 1920. The quit India movement began on August 9, 1942. And India attained Independence on August 15, 1947. This year we are celebrating 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement,” he said.
“The five years from 1942 to 1947 were decisive for country’s Independence, these five years from 2017 to 2022 must play decisive role for future. Five years from now, we will celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi also shared a fact with the younger generation and said that the ‘Bharat Choddho’ slogan was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher Ali.
“But very few people know the fact that the slogan, ‘Quit India’ was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher Ali. The younger generations must know about the history. The sacrifices of freedom fighters between years 1857 to 1942 inspire us to build great nation. The nation kept on fighting to uproot the British rule,” he added.
He also asserted that generation after generation changed but the determination to do something remained intact in the nation.