Defense Minister Rajnath Singh virtually launched several major events on Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
“Thanks to these programs, not only has there been an increase in national awareness, but there has also been an increase in the country’s self-esteem,” he said during a speech.
One of the events launched was from the Border Roads Organization (BRO), whose 75 teams were set to leave on Friday for 75 remote locations in the country’s border regions to unfurl the national flag on August 15.
The Indian Coast Guard will roll out the national flag on 100 islands across India as part of the ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Mr Singh said that in order to maintain the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country, it is important that the sense of national self-respect is present in the citizens, and that is the aim of the programs to be launched on Friday.
If this sense of national self-respect was not present in Chandrashekhar Azad, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Khudiram Bose, Asfaqullah Khan, could the country have celebrated this ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, he asked.
India celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence Day as ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Singh also flagged off 75 army teams on Friday that will climb 75 mountain passes to mark the momentous occasion.
The passes include Saserla Pass in Ladakh Region, Stakpochan Pass in Kargil Region, Satopanth, Harshil, Uttarakhand, Phim Karnla, Sikkim and Point 4493, Tawang Region of Arunachal Pradesh.
Mr Singh also launched a National Cadet Corps (NCC) event where his cadets will clean and maintain 825 statues of freedom fighters and brave hearts adopted by 825 NCC battalions.
To commemorate India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War, a book “Deeds of Gallantry” was released by the Defense Minister. The book describes 20 selected battles and highlights the bravery of Indian soldiers.
Mr Singh launched a ”Jan Sampark Abhiyan” in which a representative from each of the respective Zila Sainik Board along with a representative from the Indian Ex-Servicemen League – a recognized association of ex-servicemen (ESM) – will communicate simultaneously with the ESM fraternity in 75 districts across the country.
The purpose of the Abhiyan is to address the issues of the veterans in a time-bound manner.
Mr Singh underlined the importance of water conservation by inaugurating the work on Patel Park Lake in Ambala Cantt for the rejuvenation of 75 water bodies in 62 cantonments.
Mr Singh also launched a portfolio of export-ready defense products such as a fast interceptor boat made by the Goa Shipyard Limited.
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