From A Correspondent
Shillong, Oct 4: Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvetion and Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal iugurated the Sankalp Se Siddhi (New India – We Resolve to Make) programme, a five-day mega exhibition-cum-semir organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) and Oil India Limited at All Saints’ Hall here on Wednesday. He said Sankalp Se Siddhi, which aims at good governce, is a five-year plan under which new India movement 2017-2022 will emerge.
During his speech, Meghwal drew a chronological timeline of events that had important bearings and charted the course of the Indian freedom struggle from the Battle of Plassey of 1757.
Drawing significance of the uprising of 1857, the Minister said in 1857, one hundred years after Robert Clive’s invasion, the first major resistance to British rule in India took place. This was known as the First Indian War of Independence.
The Minister also made a mention of the movement following Bengal’s partition of 1905 and the Quit India Movement, which he termed as “milestone” of the freedom struggle.
Acknowledging the historical significance of Shillong, the Minister said that Meghalaya has seen the sacrifices of many freedom fighters. He said the British in Meghalaya were confronted with serious uprisings by the Khasis against foreign occupation of their land under the leadership of the great freedom fighter U Tirot Sing.
The minister expressed his satisfaction that his ministry is culmiting the Sankalp Se Siddhi programme, a tionwide programme that started on 25th August in Shillong, which also served as the summer capital of the East Bengal for several years.
“Shillong was an integral part of the erstwhile Assam province during the colonial period and also after the Independence as its capital till Meghalaya attained statehood in 1972,” he added.
Remembering the Quit India Movement, Meghwal said Mahatma Gandhi launched the movement for freedom from British rule in August 1942 and the movement was marked by mass non-violent protests. “Gandhi had called for an orderly British withdrawal from India,” he pointed out.
The Minister said the Quit India Movement remains significant as it was during this movement that the British realised that they would not be able to govern India in the long run and began to think of ways to quit the country.
Explaining the Sankalp Se Siddhi programme, Meghwal said, “Five years after the Quit India Movement, India attained freedom. Similarly, it is the dream of the Prime Minister to see a new India that is free of garbage, poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism and commulism five years from now, that is by 2022.” He added, “These are like six diseases that are creating obstacles in the progress of the country. Today in 2017, we pledge that we will get rid of these diseases and come together to build a ‘New India’ by 2022, the 75th year of independent India.” He appealed to everyone to contribute their share in making this dream a reality and follow the pledge of New India – Sankalp Se Siddhi in letter and spirit. The Minister also administered pledge of Sankalp Se Siddhi to the gathering.