PM to inaugurate gallery honoring revolutionaries, Punjab declares public holiday, Delhi school to be named after Bhagat Singh

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Biplobi Bharat Gallery, which exhibits the contribution of revolutionaries to the freedom struggle, in Kolkata via video conference. The aim of the new gallery is to provide a comprehensive view of the events leading up to India’s independence in 1947 and to highlight the important role played by revolutionaries, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Tuesday. ) in a press release.

On the occasion of Shaheed Diwas, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the Biplobi Bharat Gallery at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata on March 23 at 6 p.m. via video conference. Shaheed Diwas is observed to pay tribute to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. The three young freedom fighters were hanged at Lahore Central Jail in Lahore on March 23, 1931. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering at the event, the statement said.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has declared a public holiday on March 23, the day of the martyrdom of legendary freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. He made the announcement on the closing day of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session here on Tuesday.

The House also passed a resolution to install statues of Bhagat Singh, Dr BR Ambedkar and the first Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the Vidhan Sabha complex. Announcing the holiday on Freedom Fighters Martyrdom Day, Mann said earlier that it was only declared in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district to help people in nearby areas pay their respects at the martyr’s memorial in Khatkar Kalan. Now, the state government has decided to declare a public holiday on this day across the state to enable as many people as possible across the state to pay their respects to the great martyrs of Khatkar Kalan and Hussainiwala, said Mann.

Welcoming Mann’s proposal, Congressman Partap Singh Bajwa called for the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to be installed as well. Subsequently, the House passed a resolution on the installation of statues of Bhagat Singh, Dr BR Ambedkar and Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the Vidhan Sabha.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday that an upcoming city government school to prepare students for the armed forces will be named after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The school will be housed on a 14-acre campus in Jharoda Kalan with state-of-the-art facilities. It will be affiliated with the Delhi Board of School Education, a government official said.

On the eve of the anniversary of Bhagat Singh’s death, the Chief Minister said, “March 23 is the martyrdom day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. It was on this day in 1931 that our great freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev – were hanged to death by the British. All three sacrificed their lives for the country, to fight for the freedom of our people.

Training will be provided to these students so that they can enroll in the National Defense Academy (NDA), navy and air force, Kejriwal said, adding that they will be ready to become defense officers in this specialized school in the future. .

“It will be called Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh – Shaheed Bhagat Singh Armed Forces Preparatory School,” he said during an online briefing. It will be a boarding school and students will not pay any fees, the chief minister added. “The school will admit pupils in classes 9 and 11. There will be 200 places – 100 in each class. We have already received 18,000 applications for the 200 places,” he said.

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Thelma J. Longworth