SRINAGAR: Amidst the uprising and civilian killings, singers Asha Bhosle and Kumar Sanu are likely to perform in the state as part of India’s Independence Day celebrations.
According to a PTI report, prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, will kick off a 15-day exercise to mark India’s 70th year of Independence by visiting Chandrashekhar Azad’s birth place in Madhya Pradesh, even as the government of Indian was lining up a number of events for the occasion.
“Among the events planned by the government and BJP are programmes by noted singers Asha Bhosle and Kumar Sanu in border areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, and visits by its nine women ministers to tie ‘Rakhi’ to defence personnel in these regions,” the report said.
While Modi will attend an event on August 9, the Quit India day, at Bhabhra in the tribal-dominated Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, where Azad was born, government of India minister M Venkaiah Naidu will go to Mumbai to preside over an event in August Kranti Maidan from where Mahatma Gandhi has launched Quit India movement in 1942.
Most other events, including the trip of 75 ministers to two places each and which are associated with the freedom movement of India and fighters, will occur after August 12, when the Monsoon session is scheduled to end, a minister said.
Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar, will be visiting Port Blair, where hundreds of freedom fighters of the country were imprisoned and many of them died, to pay them tributes.
The Culture Ministry has been tasked with holding of various events for six to seven days on Rajpath.
A special song for the occasion will also be released.
A group of ministers, set up informally and headed by Naidu, has been coordinating with various ministries to make the exercise a success.
BJP will also use the occasion to highlight the Modi government’s schemes aimed at the poor and weaker sections.
“The idea is to rekindle the spirit of patriotism among the people to convey to the new generation the sacrifices made by our leaders who fought for the freedom movement and recall the great valour shown by them,” Naidu had said earlier.
—With PTI inputs