Speed Post News Network

Puna (Maharashtra) : The historic Aga Khan Palace in Pune, Maharashtra, where Mahatma Gandhi was detained following the launch of the Quit India Movement, invites  everyone to an inspiring commemoration of our glorious freedom struggle and the remarkable journey of our nation since the attainment of independence. A beautiful exhibition has been organised at the palace to pay homage to our freedom fighters and showcase their contributions to the freedom struggle, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the celebration of 75 years of India’s independence.

The exhibition, organized by Bureau of Outreach Communication, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, will go on till March 15, 2021. It has panels showing glimpses of contribution of stalwarts of freedom struggle including Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lokmanya Tilak, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and many other prominent personalities.

Inaugurating the exhibition virtually, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister  Prakash Javadekar said, “Our freedom has been earned with a lot of sacrifice. Hence, it is essential that everyone understands the journey of the freedom struggle. Exhibitions are being organised across the country to inform our people of our glorious freedom struggle and sacrifices made by our freedom fighters.”

Javadekar said, “The goal of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is also to showcase the various achievements of Independent India. We also want to visualise the progress the nation will make in 25 years, in all spheres of life as a leading world power, as per our vision of Surajya.”

Javadekar joined the programme online after inaugurating the exhibition at National Media Centre, Delhi. Exhibitions at five other locations, viz Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Samba (J&K) ,and Moirang (Manipur) were also inaugurated virtually on the occasion., according to a PIB release. He exhorted everyone to visit the exhibitions and leave with a piece of precious history.

Aga Khan Palace in Pune occupies a special place in the freedom movement. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi was detained for 21 months by the British Government in 1942 on launch of the Quit India Movement. The place became the centre point of the ‘Quit India Movement. Now, it is a museum that narrates the story of the entire 21 months of Gandhiji’s detention in the palace.

Similar exhibitions will be held in Sevagram, Wardha, and Mumbai, from where the Quit India Movement was launched. The Government of India in collaboration with State Governments and other institutions , will hold a number of programmes over the next 75 weeks to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Indian Independence.