76 years of Quit India Movement/ August Kranti Diwas
The proposal for the withdrawal of British power did not come out of anger.
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Mahatma Gandhi on this day launched the Quit India Movement in the year 1942, a nationwide agitation that stirred the foundations of British rule in India.
Mahatma Gandhi urged for the removal of British forces from the Indian nation.
Instilled with the spirit of nationhood, people gathered in large numbers at the Gowalia Tank Maidan to listen to Gandhi's provoking speech.
The public address of the speech resulted in the arrest of top Congressmen including Jawahar Lal Nehru and Jayaprakash Narayan. A few lines from his speech are as follows :"Let me, however, hasten to assure that I am the same Gandhi as I was in 1920. I have not changed in any fundamental respect. I attach the same importance to non-violence that I did then.
If at all, my emphasis on it has grown stronger. There is no real contradiction between the present resolution and my previous writings and utterances. The proposal for the withdrawal of British power did not come out of anger.
It came to enable India to play its due part at the present critical juncture. But it is my conviction that inasmuch as these struggles were fought with the weapon of violence they failed to realize the democratic ideal. In the democracy which I have envisaged, a democracy established by non-violence, there will be equal freedom for all. Everybody will be his own master..." Gandhi urged the Britishers to leave the nation and said: "Leave India to God. If this is too much then leave her to anarchy."
After the launch of the movement, the country started to move towards anarchy. Political leaders were arrested. Riots and violence became part of every nook and corner. Since then every year August 9 is marked as August Kranti Diwas.
Tribute is paid to the freedom fighters who gave their lives for the freedom of the country from the chains of the Britishers.