Bhopal,10 May:Governor Dr Balram Jakhar has said that younger generation should be made aware of realities of India’s freedom struggle minutely so that they can imbibe spirit of nationalism and ethos of fraternity and amity. The Governor was addressing freedom fighters at a function held at Ravindra Bhawan here on Saturday to remember martyrs and on the occasion of 150th anniversary of India’s first war of independence fought in 1857. The function was presided over by Culture and Public Relations Minister Shri Laxmikant Sharma.
Governor Dr Jakhar said that freedom fighters did not dedicate their lives to freedom struggle for the sake of getting luxuries since service to nation is priceless and unparalleled. Paying tributes to known and unknown martyrs of freedom struggle, Dr Jakhar exhorted the people to keep the ‘fire’ of safeguarding the country burning in their heart and mind. People must give a befitting reply to those trying to divide the country on the basis of language, caste and region. He said that the preaching of various religions should be used for protection of humanity.
While paying tributes to martyrs on this occasion, Culture and Public Relations Minister Shri Laxmikant Sharma said that Madhya Pradesh has played an invaluable role in India’s first war of independence. Books are being published to preserve these memories in the history. Troupes are also being sent from village to village for kindling the spirit of safeguarding the country. Shri Sharma informed that extension of benefits of Rajya Beemari Sahayata Yojana to freedom fighters is under consideration of the government.
At the outset, Governor Dr Jakhar garlanded the portrait of Veerangana Rani Laxmi Bai and lighted a lamp to inaugurate the function. Those who also addressed the function included trustee patron of Madhya Pradesh Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust and freedom fighter Shri Dalchand Jain, Dr Lalta Prasad Khare and Mayor Shri Sunil Sood.