New Delhi: The Government of India on Thursday announced that it will celebrate the anniversary of Quit India Movement on August 9. It will tribute by remembering all the freedom fighters who took part in the country’s freedom struggle.
The movement also known as August Kranti which demanded an end to British rule in India. Nationwide celebration of August Kranti will be organised. There are plans to inaugurate several government schemes and project on the occasion of Quit India Movement.
There are plans to celebrate the occasion by remembering their contribution for the country. In 2016 the Quit India Movement has completed its Platinum Jubilee and celebrated with several important initiatives.
What is Quit India Movement ?
Quit India Movement or the August Movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi on August 8, 1942 to gain independence from British rule. Gandhiji gave call to the British to withdraw from India.
He decided to launch a mass civil disobedience movement ‘Do or Die’ call to force the British to leave India. The Cripps Mission and its failure also played an important role in Gandhi’s call for the Quit India Movement.
The British government on 22nd March 1942, sent Sir Stafford Cripps to negotiate terms with the Indian political parties and secure their support in Britain’s war efforts. A Draft Declaration included terms like establishment of Dominion, establishment of a Constituent Assembly and right of the Provinces to make separate constitutions.
These would be granted after the cessation of the Second World War. According to the Congress, this Declaration only offered India a promise that was to be fulfilled in the future. Commenting on this Gandhi said; “It is a postdated cheque on a crashing bank.” After the rejection of the Cripps proposals the Indian National Congress launched the Quit India Movement.