One day, one event, one celebration—for a struggle that lasted for almost 100 years just 15th August seems like a very short time to celebrate our Independence and honor the memory of all those who laid their lives getting us the freedom we proudly rejoice. It was probably on a similar thought that the Government of India launched their first ever Tiranga Yatra.
A country as diverse as ours and a country, which is constantly fighting divisive forces, the tiranga or our tri color is what unites us all. In this non-party initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent 75 ministers to 150 places across the country (i.e. 2 places per minister) and with none of them traveling on four wheelers. This weeklong yatra was done on bikes and anyone and everyone who wanted to join in, was free to do so. The BJP leaders might have spearheaded this initiative but the motive of this yatra was to unite people from all different backgrounds- social, political, geographical, economical, ideological- as Indians celebrating 70 years of their azadi.
It was a delight for the youth, who connected to the drive deeply because for them to see the ‘netas’, they usually saw on TV talking and debating various issues for our country, on ground in front of their eyes as common people ridding on a bike celebrating the joy of Independent India was elating. This celebration carried a beautiful thought of paying homage to all sung and unsung heroes who didn’t think twice before sacrificing for this country.
Piyush Goyal, a senior minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and also the minister of state (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines on 16th August set out to Rajasthan where he commenced his Tiranga yatra.
Joining him there was Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the young and dynamic minister of state for Information and Broadcasting, Nirmal Kumawat (MLA), Ramlal Sharma (MLA), Satish Punia (Vidhan Sabha Prabhari) and Banwari Lal Yadav (Vidhan Sabha Prabhari).
Flagging of from Khatipura Tiraha, Sirsi Road, Jaipur the ministers got on to bikes and headed to Dhankya, the maternal home of Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji, the architect of the Bhartiya Janta Sangh.
Paying homage to the photographs of the excellent philosopher, economist, journalist and political activist, Mr Goyal along with all the ministers accompanying him, addressed the gathering at Dhankya speaking about BJP’s path of Integral Humanism and Antyodaya (removing the poverty of the poorest of the poor) the foundation of both of which was laid down by Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji.
During interactions, Goyal assured the people that the government is working tirelessly towards providing basic amenities of education, health, shelter for everyone. He also said that pro-poor welfare schemes including “Beti Bacho Beti Padhao”, “Skill Development”, “Jan Dhan”, “MUDRA”, “Soil Health Card” and many more that have been put in place are sure to benefit the people of Rajasthan and the central and state governments will make sure they do
Talking of the state centre harmony the power minister also congratulated the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje on joining the central government’s UDAY scheme (for financial and operational turnaround of state power distribution companies) and assured the people that under her dynamic leadership they are sure to get 24–hour power by the state discom.
Calling Rajasthan the land of bravery he spoke about the massive contribution people of Rajasthan by way of joining the Defence forces and how the one rank one pension scheme finally came through as promised by the government. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is also from the Army, who had led many operations in the Kashmir valley while in service. Not only did he win by a huge majority from Jaipur Grameen, he is also a decorated sportsman and is a silver Olympic medallist.
Following this exchange, was a press conference at the Ashok Club Jaipur where Goyal along with Rathore and other MLAs spoke about the sacrifices the martyrs made altruistically for our country and mentioned the dedication of the Government to providing affordable electricity to the farmers by using energy efficient pump.
He also informed all about the book containing details of the 70 main developments and pro poor schemes by the government.
Piyush Goyal’s next stop for the Tiranga Yatra was the state of West Bengal. On the afternoon of August 21 at 1:30 pm, the minister participated in a bike rally from Masagram village accompanied by Debashree Chowdhary (State General Secretary).
Goyal addressed the crowds at Subaldaha Village and spoke about the selfless sacrifice of the freedom fighters and the path the current government is following under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Modi. Later in the afternoon, Goyal visited the birthplace of one of the most revolutionary yet unsung heroes on the freedom struggle Rash Behari Bose.
Rash Behari Bose was a leader of the Ghadar movement and a founder of the Indian National Army. In his address to the locals Minister expounded on the ideals of our Freedom Fighters and remembered the blood, sweat and toil shed by them. He exhorted the youth to follow their ideals.
In the evening the minister made his way to the hub of the revolutionary activities of Bose, Chandannagar and paid his regards there. He also addressed the crowd and spoke of the inspirational story of Rash Bihari Bose and said Coal India, a PSU of Ministry of Coal, will build a memorial to this great son of the soil, as a tribute to his sacrifice
Goyal also visited the memorial of Kanailal Datta, an avant-garde freedom fighter who was brutally hanged by the British at the mere age of 20 but didn’t flinch once when sacrificing for the country.
Late in the evening At 7:00 pm the minister visited Prabartak Sangha which, is a religious institution founded by Motilal Roy, who was inspired and initiated in the spiritual path by Auribindo, the great spiritualist and patriot. He also visited the house where Aurobindo stayed after his spiritual transformation in Alipore jail.
The Tiranga Yatra concluded on the 22nd August and people were thrilled.
For the first time in a long time the joy of independence was celebrated by the country together. The leaders spent time with their people with a simple agenda to spread happiness and value the freedom our ancestors fought so selflessly for. Seems like an idea did change the lives of many!
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