On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Quit India campaign, the Lok Sabha paid tributes to the martyrs and freedom fighters of the Independence cause on Monday.
Speaker Om Birla announced that on this day 80 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi started the Quit India agitation, which resulted in India gaining independence on August 15, 1947, as soon as the House reconvened for the day following the weekend break.
“This was the turning point in India getting Independence,” he said.
He praised the martyrs and freedom fighters and stated that their sacrifices serve as an example for everyone to serve the country with fervour.
The Quit India movement, which Mahatma Gandhi launched on August 8, 1942, prompted the British to leave.
Gandhi’s call for the end of British rule served as the movement’s catalyst at the All India Congress Committee meeting in Bombay.
Gandhi also made a historic speech at Mumbai’s August Kranti Maidan, when he famously urged people to “Do or Die.”
The speaker also gave praise to the Indian team for winning gold at the current Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Currently, 18 gold, 15 silver, and 22 bronze medals have been won by India, according to him.
Such an extraordinary list of honours, according to Mr. Birla, should inspire the next generation.