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Today is 79th anniversary of Quit India movement; Culture Minister to inaugurate exhibition on the occasion

Today is the 79th anniversary of Quit India movement. On this day in 1942, father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of Do or Die to all Indians to drive away Britishers from the country. The movement had begun from Gawalia Tank in Mumbai. The day is observed as August Kranti Day every year.

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav being celebrated to mark 75 years of Independence, National Archives of India is organizing an exhibition on the Quit India Movement on its 79th anniversary today.

Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy will inaugurate the exhibition in the presence of Ministers of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal and Meenakshi Lekhi.
Culture Ministry said, this is an endeavour to portray the significance of the Quit India Movement in the Freedom Struggle of India through public records, private papers, maps, photographs and other allied material. The exhibition will remain open from 9th August onwards from 10 AM to 5:30 PM for the public till 8th November this year.

Eighth August is an important date in the annals of the Indian history and a turning point in the independence movement. It was on the 8th August, 1942 that Mahatma Gandhi made a call to Do or Die in his Quit India speech at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai.

To commemorate the 79th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, the Films Division is reviving the spirit of the landmark moment by screening two rare documentaries from the series, “India’s Struggle for Freedom”. The films will be screened today on Films Division website and YouTube Channel.

Quit India covers the period from 1939 when the Second World War broke out and the Cripps Mission in India failed to garner support for the British war effort, leading to passing of the Quit India Resolution. Do or Die presents the passing of the Quit India resolution, the arrest of leaders and the rebellion of the leaderless people all over the country. It also presents the role of the INA and Subhash Chandra Bose in India’s freedom struggle.

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