New Delhi: Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
The official journey of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav commenced on 12th March 2021 which started a 75-week countdown to our 75th anniversary of independence and will end post a year on 15th August 2023.The themes for celebrating the same are as follows: –
Commemorating milestones in history, unsung heroes etc.
This theme anchors our commemoration initiatives under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It helps bring alive stories of unsung heroes whose sacrifices have made freedom a reality for us. Programmes under this theme include Birsa Munda Jayanti (Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas), Declaration of Provisional Government of Free India by Netaji, Shaheed Diwas etc.
Celebrating ideas and ideals that have shaped India
This theme focuses on programmes and events inspired by ideas and ideals that have shaped us and will guide us as we navigate through this period of Amrit Kaal (25 years between India@75 and India@100). Events and programmes under this theme include popular, participatory initiatives that help bring alive India’s unique contribution to the world. These include events and initiatives such as Kashi Utsav dedicated to Hindi literary luminaries from the land of Kashi, Post Cards to Prime Minister.
Showcasing evolution and progress across different sectors
This theme focuses on marking the passage of time and all our milestones along the way. It is intended to grow into a public account of our collective achievements as a 75-year-old independent country with a legacy of 5000+ years of ancient history. Events and programmes under this theme include initiatives such as Swarnim Vijay Varsh dedicated to the victory of 1971, launch of Shreshtha Yojana during Mahaparinirvan Diwas etc.
Highlighting steps being taken to implement policies and actualise commitments.
This theme focuses on all the efforts that are being undertaken to help India take its rightful position in the new world order emerging in a post covid world by highlighting the steps being taken to implement policies and actualise commitments. It is driven by Prime Minister Modi’s clarion call of SABKA SAATH. SABKA VIKAS. SABKA VISHWAS, SABKA PRAYAS.
Reinforcing commitments to specific goals and targets
This theme focuses on our collective resolve and determination to shape the destiny of our motherland. The journey to 2047 requires each one of us to rise up and play our part as individuals, groups, civil society, institutions of governance etc. Events and programmes under this theme include initiatives such as Constitution Day, Good Governance Week etc.
The government has organised a host of events to celebrate this milestone of 75 years of our independence. These include: –
International Day of Yoga
This year it fell in the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” year for which the Ministry of Ayush observed the International Day of Yoga at 75 iconic locations across India which helped in branding India on a global scale. The theme for this year IDY 2022 “Yoga for Humanity” as it depicts how during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga served the humanity in alleviating the suffering and in the emerging post-COVID geo-political scenario too, brings people together through compassion, kindness, fosters a sense of unity and builds resilience among people world over.
Health Melas Under National Health Mission
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) organized ‘Block-Level Health Melas’ between 18th and 22nd April 2022 as part of the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Block Level Health Mela were organized in all the blocks of every district across the country for one day. Essential drugs and diagnostic services were provided free of cost at the Health Melas and support of Rs One Lakh was provided for each Mela.
National Science and Technology Exhibition
National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under the Ministry of culture in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, organised a nation-wide commemorative exhibition ‘75 Years of Independence: India’s Achievements in Science & Technology’ to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our independence.
The Exhibition was simultaneously inaugurated in 75 locations in the country in February 2022. The exhibition took a visitor through an absorbing journey of seven & a half decades of Science and Technology in free India, with special emphases on indigenous development and a march towards self-reliance. It highlighted landmarks of India’s development and exploration in S&T, furthering public understanding of science and technology.
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program
Under the aegis of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program, M/o Education has started the ‘Student Exchange’ program to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our country. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program aims to enhance interaction & promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs through the concept of state/UT pairing. The states carry out activities to promote a sustained and structured cultural connection in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports, and sharing of best practices, etc.
High Commission of India celebrates 161st Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
As part of the ongoing celebrations of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, High Commission celebrated the 161st Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on 09th May 2022 at Chancery Premises. High Commissioner highlighted Rabindranath Tagore’s immense contribution to Indian Culture, national unity and communal harmony.
Extending his gratitude to the Indian Community in Zambia for supporting underprivileged and marginalized in the society, High Commissioner emphasized that such good gestures by Indian Community generate long-lasting goodwill and strengthen Indian cultural ethos & ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Cultural performances befitting the occasion, including Dance Drama based on “Chitrangada- The Warrior Princess” by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Gurudev’s poetry recitation and group songs on Rabindra Sangeet were presented during the event
High Commissioner sought Indian Community’s whole-hearted support and participation in the events being conducted by High Commission under the banner of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’..