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  • Prof. Ketan Vyas

Quit India Movement

To celebrate this day as the anniversary, not candle but ignite the spirit in our heart as to give honour to real heroes.

We Indians are aware of the sacrifices made by our true heroes who gave their lives unceasingly for the nation. Even today we say that we have the spirit of patriotism. We love our nation, don't we?

If yes, read about ‘Quit India Movement’ - its history, actions and responses.

The day is observed as the anniversary of the mass movement to liberate India and force Britain's withdrawal from the country. Today is the day to honour the freedom fighters who fought side by side, gave their lives in defence of the country and endured great agony, suffering and loss. On August 8, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi introduced the movement at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai. On August 8, 1942, the Congress Working Committee in Bombay passed the Quit India Resolution. Gandhi was chosen to lead the movement. The goal of the movement was to convince the British to grant India independence and to persuade them to leave India. Slogans such as "Do or die," "Quit India," and "Bharat Chodo."

Mahatma Gandi gave advice to Indians, especially officials, soldiers in the army, students, princes, citizens of the princely state, and peasants, to follow in order to succeed in the movement. The aim of all the instructions was to support only Indians, even if they were in some way connected with the British entity. The goal was not to harm Indians at any cost.

How did Great Britain react? What suffering hit the people of India? A few points to ponder...! It is very tragic...! Only a few points are mentioned here.

  • The British arrested all the important congressional leaders the very next day.

  • Over 100000 people were arrested.

  • Mass floggings and beatings occurred.

The most important point to know is that some parties did not support the movement .......! Why? How did they directly or indirectly harm the movement, the citizens, the freedom fighters and most importantly the nation?

As Indians, if true patriotism is still there in the heart, and interested to know what factors influenced movement?

Just turn a few pages in history and learn what factors - although they belonged to India - caused pain to the heroes and citizens of India! Who were they that were always against the Indian movement? Were they Indians or non-Indians? By browsing history, you will be able to get "enough sparks" to ignite the spirit and efficiency to honour the true heroes in the true sense of the word.

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