PM’s Call: Karenge Aur Karke Ra­henge

Key aims — ending graft, mal­nu­tri­tion & il­lit­er­acy, self-em­ploy­ment, rights to poor, power to women

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New Delhi: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi called on the peo­ple of the coun­try to en­sure that the next five years are trans­for­ma­tive in an ad­dress to mem­bers of Par­lia­ment on the 75th an­niver­sary of the Quit In­dia move­ment. Cit­i­zens should rise above the dif­fer­ences they have with each other and unite in a joint ef­fort to es­tab­lish an In­dia that the coun­try’s free­dom fighters had dreamt of in the next five years to 2022, the 75th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence. The Quit In­dia Move­ment sought an end to Bri­tish colo­nial rule and was launched by Ma­hatma Gand- hi on Au­gust 8, 1942.

That year, con­di­tions in­ter­na­tion­ally be­came favourable for In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence, the PM said.

The prime min­is­ter noted that the con­di­tions are once again con­ducive for the coun­try, al­lud­ing to the fact that it’s an is­land of eco­nomic sta­bil­ity amid global un­cer­tainty. He said that from 1857 to 1942, the move to­ward free­dom was in­cre­men­tal, but the years from 1942 to 1947 brought an up­heaval and de­liv­ered on the ob­jec­tive of free­dom, ac­cord­ing to a trans­la­tion of his Hindi speech pro­vided by the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice via the Press In­for­ma­tion Bureau. Move­ments such as Quit In­dia are a source of in­spi­ra­tion and it’s in­cum­bent on the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion to pass on the le­gacy of such cru­sades to those who come af­ter them. The prime min­is­ter re­called that even as se­nior lead­ers such as Ma­hatma Gandhi were jailed at the be­gin­ning of the Quit In­dia move­ment, a new gen­er­a­tion emerged to fill the vac­uum and take the cam­paign for­ward. The prime min­is­ter noted that the free­dom strug­gle went through sev­eral phases, and re­called var­i­ous lead­ers and move­ments that emerged at var­i­ous points since 1857. He added that the Quit In­dia move­ment that be­gan in 1942 was a de­ci­sive cam­paign. Quot­ing Gand­hiji, the prime min­is­ter said that all sec­tions of peo­ple joined in, in­spired his call of “karenge ya marenge (do or die)”. Once the en­tire coun­try shared this com­mon re­solve, in­de­pen­dence was achieved in five years. Modi said the ‘karenge ya marenge’ slo­gan should be adapted to ‘karenge aur karke ra­henge’ in pur­suit of six key aims — the elim­i­na­tion of cor­rup­tion, en­sur­ing the poor get their rights, youth self-em­ploy­ment, an end to mal­nu­tri­tion, empowering women and ending il­lit­er­acy. Th­ese are chal­lenges that In­dia needs to over­come, he said.

He also men­tioned the role played by women in the free­dom strug­gle and said that they will bring im­mense strength in the ef­fort to achieve com­mon ob­jec­tives.

“We are well aware of our rights, we can­not for­get our du­ties, and th­ese too, must be­come part of our way of life,” the prime min­is­ter said.

PM said the years from 1942 to 1947 brought an up­heaval and de­liv­ered on the ob­jec­tive of free­dom

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