Prez honours freedom fighters on Champaran Satyagraha centenary

17 Apr 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee today honoured freedom fighters from across the country to mark the ongoing year-long centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha.
Mukherjee, who arrived here by a special Indian Air Force plane, inaugurated the felicitation ceremony. Later, he honoured 15 selected freedom fighters on the stage. "It is a matter of pride to honour freedom fighters, who have played important roles in the freedom movement of our country and fight against the colonial rule," the President said in his address. He said: "I pay respect to all freedom fighters who are alive and pay homage to those who are dead."Mukherjee said the nation cannot forget the important contributions made by freedom fighters in the country's freedom movement.
Mukherjee said Mahatma Gandhi transformed the Satyagraha into a powerful tool. Gandhi's first Satyagraha began in Champaran, Bihar. In fact, with it Gandhi began a new chapter for the country. "Champaraan is the laboratory of freedom movement of Satyagraha by Gandhi," he added. Hundreds of freedom fighters from across the country arrived here and were honoured by the state government. "Freedom fighters from different states were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee... as part of the centenary celebrations...," said Vinodanand Jha, an official of the state education department. According to Jha, freedom fighters from 19 states -- including Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi -- were honoured by the President. In all, 2,972 freedom fighters from across the country, including Bihar, were honoured.