President of India, Pranab Mukherjee organized an ‘At Home’ event on the special occasion of 73rd Quit India Movement anniversary.
This presidential reception was specially organized for the freedom fighters at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. On Sunday, several eminent personalities like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and former PM Manmohan Singh.
With the 100th birthday of Vasantha Vasudeva Gurjara Bondre, the day became a very special one. According to the official release, the president personally greeted him and offered a valuable gift to him.
All freedom fighters across the country were invited to this reception. Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee felicitated all the freedom fighters present there.
The prime minister of India took it to the micro-blogging platform Twitter to share the same. He tweeted:
Had a wonderful interaction with freedom fighters at Rashtrapati Bhavan. We truly admire their sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/CpakxBgsVn
The ‘At Home’ reception is being hosted by the Indian President since 2003. Since then, it has been organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is celebrated every year on 9th August to honour freedom fighters as it is a very special occasion which marks the anniversary of the Quit India Movement.
This famous movement started on 9th August 1942 as decided by the All India Congress Committee on the previous day to ask Britishers to ‘Quit India’. It started from Bombay and the very next day, the numerous freedom fighters were arrested which included Mahatma Gandhi. The arresting action and call of Gandhiji resulted in the civil disobedience movement which went viral immediately across the nation demanding immediate independence.