President felicitates 93 freedom fighters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2017 09:06:53



PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday felicitated 93 freedom fighters from across the country on the occasion of Quit India Movement.

Maharashtra’s seven freedom fighters were among those felicitated. Each of the freedom fighters was gifted an electric kettle with a personalised message from Kovind.

“I extend warm greetings to you on the 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement. The nation is proud of our freedom fighters and salutes them. This small token is our people’s appreciation of your successful struggle against colonialism. I wish you happiness, good health and a long life,” was the President’s message on each gift.

The President also released a set of eight commemorative postage stamps to mark the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the freedom fighters. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, outgoing Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

Freedom fighters from Maharashtra were Nagpur’s Pundalik Daulatrao Gedam, Yavatmal’s Prahlad Krushnarao Rembhe, Chandrapur’s Pandurang Patil, Mumbai’s Jethalal Amrutlal Shah, Jalgaon’s Shivaji Vitthal Marathe and Solapur’s Raghunath Ramchandra Mane (100+ year-old), However, for health reasons, Pandurang Patil could not attend the event.

Nagpur’s Pundalik Gedam actively participated in the Quit India Movement. He served food and necessary items to the freedom fighters and used to deliver messages to senior freedom fighters like Jai Prakash Narayan and Aruna Asaf Ali who went underground during the freedom struggle.

Jethalal Shah actively participated in the Quit India Movement in the Ahmednagar District. He was arrested twice and was one of the accused in Ahmednagar Sarosh talkies Bomb case. Shivaji Marathe and 30 other satyagrahis were actively involved during the Goa Freedom Movement. He along with former Finance Minister, Late Madhu Dandavate travelled hard from Belgaum, Sawantwadi, Aronda on 17th August 1955, was later lathi-charged injuring all his body.

Freedom fighter Raghunath Mane, who is above 100 years, now, was imprisoned for 9 long months in Solapur, Vijapur and Visapur jails. He was fined Rs 100/- which was collected after auctioning his household items. He was felicitated earlier as well at the hands of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vasantrao Naik.

Under the leadership of Krushnarao Rebhe and six freedom fighters, they commenced their journey and reached
Goa, where they were tortured brutally by the Portuguese Government. Shriram Patil left his schooling in his 14th year and participated in the Quit India Movement joining Mahatma Gandhi.