Railway ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations: Freedom fighter goes to signal Tipu Express

Mysore/Mysore: In accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Railways (Board of Railways), the Mysuru Division of the South West Railways will celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav‘ from July 18-23 with a host of events to mark 75 years of Indian independence.

This is part of the national celebrations organized by all rail divisions. As a result, the Ministry of Railways has identified 75 railway stations associated with India’s freedom struggle and 27 trains are spotlighted as part of “Azadi ki Rail Gadi Aur Stations”.

While Shree Mailara Mahadevappa Haveri Station finds a place in the list of railway stations, Tipu Express was nominated in the category of Mysuru Division Trains. VK Tripathi, Chairman and CEO, Railway Board will inaugurate the celebration of the iconic week on July 18 (today) at 4 p.m.

‘Azadi ki Rail Gadi Aur Stations’ is organized with a view to ensure maximum citizen awareness and dedication to the people of India who have not only helped to bring India so far in its evolutionary journey but also holds in them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fueled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Shree Mailara Mahadevappa Haveri Railway Station

The Karnataka government had notified the nomination of Haveri station after freedom fighter Shree Mailara Mahadevappa. He was hailed as “the Bhagat Singh of Karnataka” for his revolutionary deeds against British rule in Karnataka.

He was the only representative from Mysore State at the time who participated in the Dandi Walk and walked with Mahatma Gandhi. He was imprisoned for six months. Upon his return, he and his revolutionary friends, in a daring act, attacked Byadgi railway station near Haveri.

Mysuru Division organized a series of events throughout the iconic week with the participation of all stakeholders, schools and colleges, and residential settlements within the jurisdiction of Shree Mahadevappa Mailara Haveri Station from July 18-23 .

An overview of the activities:

Lighting and decoration of Shree Mahadevappa Mailara Haveri station

Placing a digital screen and a photo exhibition with historical contents

Video film, patriotic songs, local language Nukkad Naatak with its own story of struggle for freedom will run daily for one hour from 6-7pm.

Invite family members of local freedom fighters to share their story on the last day of the week.

A selfie point will be created at the station as a backdrop to ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi Aur Station’.

Tipu Express

The train is named after Tipu Sultan, who fought against the British. Tipu Sultan (born Sultan Fateh Ali Sahab Tipu, December 1, 1751 – May 4, 1799), is also known as the Tiger of Mysore. He fought four wars against the British and was killed on May 4, 1799 in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War against the British.

Accordingly, the train is named Tipu Express in recognition of his martyrdom in the fight for freedom against the British. The Tipu Express should be flagged by a local freedom fighter or family member of a prominent freedom fighter on a day during the iconic week’s celebration.

Thelma J. Longworth