On 75 years of the iconic Quit India movement launched during the freedom movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today vowed to create a “New India of our dreams” by 2022 by elminiating poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, and communalism.
“In 1942, the need of the hour was to free India from colonialism. Today, 75 years later the issues are different. Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism and create a ‘New India’ of our dreams by 2022,” PM tweeted this morning.
On Sunday, Modi had asked people to rally around another “Quit India” movement – 75 years after Mahatma Gandhis campaign against the British rule – in his monthly radio talk, ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Modi had said that the next five years could be as decisive as it was in 1942 when Gandhi had made the “Quit India” call, and in 1947, when India got freedom. He asked people to make a pledge and contribute towards building a “new India”.
“Just as the five years from 1942 to 1947 were decisive for the country’s independence, these five years from 2017 to 2022 can and must play a decisive role for the future of India. Five years from now, we will celebrate 75 years of India’s independence.
“We must make 2017 our Year of Resolve. In this month of August, we have to come together and resolve: Filth – Quit India; Poverty – Quit India; Corruption – Quit India; Terrorism – Quit India; Casteism – Quit India; Communalism – Quit India,” Modi said in his Hindi address.
Modi said Gandhi had given a “Do or Die” call but it was time to “live by and strive for this resolve (and) launch a mega campaign ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ – Attainment through Resolve” from August 9 – the 75th anniversary of “Quit India” movement.
Modi has also asked the BJP to carry out a nationwide exercise between August 9 and August 15 to mark the Quit India Movement anniversary, and launch a ‘sankalp’ (pledge) yatra between August 15 and August 30.