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NEW DELHI, OCT 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the culmination of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and the Meri Maati Mera Desh campaign by participating in a special program at Kartavya Path, New Delhi. This event also celebrated the end of the Amrit Kalash Yatra of the Meri Maati Mera Desh campaign. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Amrit Vatika and Amrit Mahotsav Memorial during the event. He also inaugurated the ‘Mera Yuva Bharat’ (MY Bharat) platform, a significant initiative for the youth of India.
The Prime Minister presented the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Awards to recognize the contributions of top-performing states, union territories, ministries, and departments during the celebration. The top three performing states and union territories were Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, and Haryana, with Rajasthan sharing the third position. The best-performing ministries included the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Education, which jointly secured the third position.
Addressing the audience, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected on the significance of Kartavya Path, the venue for the event. He underscored that this location was witnessing a grand Mahayagya on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. The Prime Minister acknowledged the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’s inception, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi Yatra on March 12, 2021, and its conclusion on October 31, 2023, which is Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. He compared the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to the Dandi March Yatra, emphasizing the high levels of people’s participation in both events.
PM Modi stated that the Dandi March rekindled the flame of independence, while the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav signifies the resolution of India’s 75-year-long developmental journey. The Prime Minister commended the participation of the public and celebrated the Amrit Kaal’s role in achieving the 75-year milestone. He underlined that the conclusion of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with the Meri Maati Mera Desh Abhiyan signified the start of a new resolution with the MY Bharat platform.
‘MY Bharat’ is expected to play a significant role in the nation’s development in the 21st century, the Prime Minister stated, highlighting the platform’s potential impact on youth participation and engagement. He expressed his appreciation for the enthusiastic and patriotic youth of India, who organized and achieved every goal during the Meri Maati Mera Desh Abhiyan. The Prime Minister mentioned the tremendous participation of youth across the country, with thousands of ‘Amrit Kalash’ reaching Kartavya Path, and millions of Indians taking the Panch Pran pledge and sharing selfies on the campaign website.
Explaining the significance of using soil to conclude the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, PM Modi referred to the words of a poet and described the soil of India as having consciousness and preserving the imprints of various civilizations and human progress. The Prime Minister emphasized India’s soil as a force that prevents the decline of civilizations and fosters spiritual connections. He acknowledged India’s enduring history and valor, touching upon the contributions of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. PM Modi underlined the deep connection between every Indian citizen and the soil of the motherland, emphasizing the duty of repaying the debt to India’s soil. The soil from thousands of ‘Amrit Kalash’ will serve as a reminder of duty and inspire a committed Viksit Bharat (Developed India). He urged everyone to contribute to nation-building.
The Prime Minister introduced the upcoming establishment of Amrit Vatika, which will utilize saplings from across the country to educate future generations about ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.’ PM Modi highlighted the artwork titled “Jan, Janani, Janambhoomi” in the New Parliament Building, created by 75 women artists using soil from all states.
He pointed out the substantial impact of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on India’s youth, as today’s generation has not experienced slavery, and he is the first Prime Minister born in a free India. The PM described how the celebration added significant pages to the history of future generations and noted that district-wise databases of freedom fighters have been created during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
PM Modi highlighted various achievements during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, including India’s ascent to the top five global economies, successful Chandrayaan 3 landing, hosting the G20 Summit, record-breaking medal counts at the Asian Games and Asian Para Games, the inauguration of the New Parliament building, and numerous initiatives to improve connectivity and promote sustainable development.
The Prime Minister noted that India completed the journey from Rajpath to Kartavya Path during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, marking the removal of symbols of slavery and the addition of historically significant symbols and celebrations to the national calendar.
As the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav concluded, PM Modi officially launched the ‘Mera Yuva Bharat’ platform. He highlighted MY Bharat’s role as a platform to unite India’s youth and encourage their participation in nation-building efforts. PM Modi informed the audience about the MY Bharat website and the inclusion of various youth programs on the platform. He urged India’s youth to actively engage with the platform, fill the nation with new energy, and contribute to the country’s progress.
In closing, the Prime Minister urged unity in protecting India’s hard-earned independence and fulfilling the goal of becoming a developed nation by 2047. He emphasized the importance of every Indian’s contribution to the nation’s progress and called for the fulfillment of the resolutions and promises made to future generations. The Prime Minister underscored the necessity of collective efforts and urged everyone to intensify their endeavors. The event marked the conclusion of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav while initiating a new journey through the MY Bharat platform.
The event witnessed the presence of several dignitaries, including Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur, and Union Minister for Culture G Kishan Reddy, among others. The day marked a momentous transition from the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to a new era of empowerment and progress for the nation.