'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' turning into mass movement: PM Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra ModiFile: ANI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' was turning into a mass movement and urged people to put 'tiranga' as a profile picture on their social media accounts between August 2 and 15.

In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast, Modi said that under the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' programme to mark the 75th anniversary of India's Independence, a special campaign 'Har Ghar Tiranga' is being organised between August 13 and 15.

He urged people to hoist or display the national flag at their homes during the campaign.

“Let us further this movement by hoisting the national flag at our homes,” Modi said.

He also urged people to put from August 2-15 tricolour as the profile picture of their accounts on social media platforms, noting that August 2 was the birth anniversary of Pingali Venkayya who had designed the flag.

The PM said he was happy that the Mahotsav was taking the form of a mass movement, with people from all walks of life and from every section of society participating in different programmes across the country.

“When India completes 75 years of its Independence, all of us are going to witness a splendid and historic moment,” he said referring to August 15. “It is the current generation's good fortune to witness Independence Day's 75th anniversary.”

“Had we been born in the era of slavery, then how would have we imagined this day,” Modi said, asserting that the biggest message that emerges from all events being organised in the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ was that countrymen should follow their duty with full devotion.

“Only then will we be able to fulfill the dream of those countless freedom fighters and to build the India of their dreams,” he said. “That is why this ‘Amrit Kaal’ of our next 25 years is ‘Kartavyakaal’, a period of duty for every citizen.”

The PM also paid tributes to Udham Singh on his death anniversary on Sunday.

Noting that there were many railway stations associated with the history of the freedom movement, he said 75 of them across 24 states had been identified and those would host several programmes.

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