Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the programme, which has been named “70 Years of Independence – Let’s Recall the Sacrifices.”

Narendra Modi
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses his supporters during an election campaign rally ahead of the state assembly elections at Dokar village in the western Indian state of Gujarat October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS)
The events include rallies, exhibitions and cultural shows aimed at inspiring patriotism among young people and making them aware of the sacrifices made by the unsung heroes of the freedom movement, officials said Monday.

Modi is due to visit the birth place of the revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad in the central state of Madhya Pradesh and address a public meeting there.

The programme is scheduled to continue till August 23, government spokesman Chaitanya Prasad said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said there would be events at 150 locations in India. Week-long cultural events will also be held at Delhi’s Rajpath Avenue near the India Gate memorial.

“The events are meant to rekindle patriotic fervour in the hearts and minds of young Indians,” Naidu said.

“It is part of a campaign to make the new generation remember the contribution of freedom fighters, particularly those who have remained unsung in the past,” he added.

Seventy-five ministers will visit key places connected with the independence struggle and freedom fighters.

Freedom fighters and relatives of martyrs and soldiers will also be feted, officials said.

Indian Independence Day is celebrated on August 15.

Source: UPI/GNA/News Ghana

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