Learn about Tushar Gandhi’s detention while commemorating Quit India Day, marking the 81st anniversary of the historic movement. Discover the significance and impact of India’s struggle for independence from British rule.”
Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s Great Grandson, Detained on Quit India Day
Tushar Gandhi, who is the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was stopped by the authorities as he left his residence to observe the Quit India Day on August 9th. He shared his experience on Twitter, stating that he had been detained at Santa Cruz Police Station. Tushar Gandhi expressed pride in his ancestors, mentioning that his great grandparents, Bapu and Ba, had also faced arrest by the British Police on the same historic date.
Remembering Quit India Movement: 81st Anniversary
The Quit India Movement, famously known as the August Movement, holds significant importance in India’s fight for freedom. In 2023, the nation commemorates the 81st anniversary of this movement on August 9th. This day is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by the Indian people during their struggle for independence.
The Historic Quit India Movement
The Quit India Movement, also referred to as ‘Bharat Chodo Andolan’, ‘August Movement’, or ‘August Kranti’, commenced on August 9, 1942, amid World War II. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian National Congress (INC), the movement aimed to put an end to British rule in India. The movement was launched at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay, now known as Mumbai. Mahatma Gandhi’s call for the British to leave India was accompanied by the powerful slogan “Do or Die.” This message garnered immense support. Unfortunately, the British authorities responded swiftly, arresting leaders and activists, and carrying out raids on Congress offices throughout the country.
Impact and Suppression of the Movement
The movement witnessed the detainment of around 100,000 individuals for prolonged periods. Additionally, about 1,000 people lost their lives, and over 2,500 suffered injuries during this period of turmoil. The British government managed to quell the movement by imprisoning key figures like Gandhi and Nehru, which led to further arrests and deaths. Despite these challenges, the Quit India Movement played a pivotal role in India’s journey towards independence from British rule.