A dash of emotive patriotism and a call to shun terrorism will mark the Centre’s Independence Day celebrations this year. The government plans to organise events connected with the freedom struggle across 100 places to create enthusiasm and “infuse patriotism” among the youth.
At a time when the issue of terror has grabbed global attention, the 70th Independence Day celebrations might see a “Quit Terrorism Campaign”, a suggestion being discussed by senior ministers tasked to plan the celebrations. There is also a suggestion to organise events aimed at spreading awareness about the government’s “pro-poor” policies. Plans are also afoot for a campaign to highlight the role played by women in the freedom struggle.
Sources said the fortnight-long celebrations would be launched on August 9, which will be observed as anniversary of the 1942 Quit India Movement. Theme of the celebrations could be Azadi 70 or Independence 70 with the catchline “Yaad Karo Qurbani”.
PM Narendra Modi would inaugurate a freedom march on August 9 from either Kakori in UP or August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. The PM’s address from Red Fort will be relayed live at 100 places across the country through huge screens. Women ministers will visit borders and tie Rakhi on soldiers’ hands on August 18, the day Rakshabandhan will be celebrated.
The government also plans to organise programmes involving sports and film personalities. Ministers are expected to criss-cross the country to highlight 70 the government’s “pro-poor initiatives”.
With the BJP banking on young voters in the upcoming Assembly polls, the ministers will also speak of opportunities created by the government for youths. A booklet is also expected to be released to mark the celebrations.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who is coordinating one group, has already held two-three meetings with Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal among others.
The group focusing on the booklet has Union Ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manoj Sinha and Jitendra Singh among others.
The government is also planning to bring a theme song for a campaign, ‘Modi sarkar aap ke dwar’, that highlights
how the government’s schemes are benefitting various sections. BJP president Amit Shah was learnt to have suggested that the theme song should evoke patriotic emotions and “Zara Yaad Karo Qurbani” is under consideration. The government is also planning social media campaign to mark the celebrations.