A march to the Red Fort in the Capital from Meerut by an over 10,000 strong contingent to commemorate the historic 150th anniversary of India's First War of Independence was flagged off on Monday.
Flagging off the march at a youth rally at the Kranti Park this morning, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar asked the participants who had come from all the four corners of the country, to remember the message of Mahatma Gandhi.
"We have started to march with the same spirit as that of the freedom fighters of 1857 but we have to remember that the message of Gandhi regarding truth and non-violence should not be forgotten in any case."
Comprising participants from far-off areas including Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar and Jammu and Kashmir, the marchers followed a special team of 85 Army personnel who were horseback.
Dressed in separate colours of red, green and blue, they marched to the tune of patriotic melodies playing in the background and held aloft banners, flags and posters in depicting nationalistic messages referring to the 1857 War of Independence.