Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' event and will flag off the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad later today, as per a TimesNow report. 

The website notes that, a 241-mile march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat's Navsari district will be held. To mark the event, state and UT governments will also organise programmes all over the country.

PM Modi tweeted thus, "Today’s Amrit Mahotsav programme begins from Sabarmati Ashram, from where Dandi March began. The March had a key role in furthering a spirit of pride and Aatmanirbharta among India’s people. Going 'Vocal For Local' is a wonderful tribute to Bapu & our great freedom fighters."

Prime Minister also garlanded a portrait of Bapu at Hriday Kunj, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. He also saw pictures, magazines and other collections at a special exhibition near Abhay Ghat in the city.

'Five pillars to inspire the country'

It is to be noted that the event has started 75 weeks before 15th August 2022 and will run till 15th August 2023.

PM noted the 5 pillars to inspire the country: he said, "Freedom Struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions and Resolves at 75- these five pillars will inspire the country to move forward.” 

A note on Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav

The website gives an explanation on the Mahotsav: 

Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav is a series of events to be organised by the central government to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence. The ‘Mahotsav’ will be celebrated as a ‘Jan-Utsav’ in the spirit of ‘Jan-Bhagidari’.  

A National Implementation Committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been constituted to chalk out policies and planning of various events to be undertaken under the Commemoration. The curtain raiser activities will begin from March 12.