Patriotism to be key themes for Independence Day celebrations
In a meeting of the BJP Mahila Morcha (BJPMM) District Jammu, chaired by Prabhari Jammu District Rajni Sethi in presence of District President Jammu, Baldev Singh Billawaria, BJPMM Jammu District President, Rekha Mahajan, General Secretary Vinay Gupta, threadbare discussions were held on 15 days programmes to celebrate the 70th Independence Day. Rekha Mahajan, while speaking in the meeting, said with India all set to celebrate its 70th year of Independence and 75th year of Quit India movement on 15th August this year, BJP has planned an initiative to instill the spirit of patriotism among citizens under which party leaders will help them recall the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. They will recount the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and the turning point events that led to India’s independence. From the Quit India movement to the Dandi March to Kakori Kand many moments of history will be recalled to inspire the younger generation. Following this, leaders will fan out across the country visiting historical places and memorials associated with the struggle for Independence and will pay tributes to the great lives associated with this movement. The idea is to unite the nation in celebrating the glory of the Independence movement and the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that every citizen is involved in some way or the other, she maintained. The ministry of human resource development has drafted a circular for state and central board schools to declare August 9 to 23 as ‘Azadi 70: Yaad Karo Kurbani’. It has asked schools to encourage students to celebrate this fortnight in an appropriate manner. One of the activities that features in the list sent to schools is encouraging students to make greeting cards for the jawans posted on the border. These cards have been asked to be sent to the nearest or any APO to be forwarded it to the soldiers. Schools can hold competitions as well, like painting, elocution, freedom run, essay writing, patriotic song singing, and slogan writing, taking up with the freedom movement as the theme. A dash of emotive patriotism and a call to shun terrorism will mark the Centre’s Independence Day celebrations this year. The government plans to organize events connected with the freedom struggle across 100 places to create enthusiasm and “infuse patriotism” among the youth. At a time when the issue of terror has grabbed global attention, the 70th Independence Day celebrations might see a “Quit Terrorism Campaign”, a suggestion being discussed by senior ministers tasked to plan the celebrations. There is also a suggestion to organize events aimed at spreading awareness about the government’s “pro-poor” policies. Plans are also afoot for a campaign to highlight the role played by women in the freedom struggle. Others who were present in the meeting includes Savita Anand,Sangeeta Anand,meenu gupta,Veena bakshi,Raksha jerath,Shailja gupta,Kailash,Geetanjali Mahajan,Surinder Kour,Rinki,Pooja Chouhan,Jyoti Gupta,Geetanjali,Kamlesh,sunita and others.