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75 years since Quit India movt: Parliament pledges to build strong, inclusive India

Both the houses of the Parliament passed resolutions to the effect.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 17:19 IST
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New Delhi, India - Aug. 9, 2017: Parliament building reflection seen on a water logged water at the Parliament during Monsoon Session in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a resolution pledging to create an inclusive and prosperous India of the dreams of freedom fighters by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

The Rajya Sabha also remembered the heroic struggle and sacrifice of millions of Indians on occasion of the anniversary and pledged to build a strong, self-reliant, secular and democratic India

In the Lok Sabha, after a special discussion to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the resolution: “Today, in the 75th year of the Quit India movement, we pledge to form a powerful, prosperous, clean, glorious India which is corruption free, has good administration, is advanced in science and technology and committed to everyone’s development.”

“We will be dedicated to manifest the concept of a country full of harmony and nationalism, committed to protecting the values of democracy.”

“The representatives of 125 crore Indians pledge we will take along the people and fulfil our duty so that in the next five years... we will create the India of the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters,” she read the resolution in Hindi.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

Earlier, speaking at the beginning of the discussion, the Speaker said: “Farmers, intellectuals, soldiers -- everybody dreamed of Swarajya.”

Mahajan said now ‘suraj’ (good administration) should be taken as the biggest responsibility.

In the Rajya Sabha, moving the resolution, Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.

He said the House observes “on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement that it is important to remember the heroic struggle of people, students, peasants, workers and government officials who defied the brutal oppression of the British Raj to launch mass Satyagraha that shook the very foundation of the British Rule.”

The Vice President said the Upper House also acknowledged this as an occasion to recall with gratitude the sacrifices of millions of Indians and saluted the memory of thousands who gave their lives for the freedom of India.

The House “solemnly takes a pledge to uphold and safeguard the values and ideals of the freedom movement and rededicate ourselves to build an India that is strong, self- reliant, inclusive, secular and democratic,” Ansari said.

The resolution was then unanimously adopted by the House.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 17:19 IST