From traversing the highest motorable road in the world to exploring the most untrodden paths the country has to offer, 75 ministers belonging to the ruling government has tread them all.
The Tiranga Yatra, flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9th August, 2016 saw 75 ministers visit 150 places associated with the freedom struggle. Party leaders and Union Minister covered the farthest and remotest reaches of the country. The Tiranga Yatra was a week long program which was one part of the celebrations of the 70th Independence Day of India. The Yatra began on August 15th and was held till August 23rd.
The main aim of this Yatra is to imbibe a sense of patriotism amongst the people and to pay tribute to the ‘sung and unsung ’ heroes of the Indian freedom struggle.
Why ‘TIRANGA’ you may ask. The Tiranga, as the Indian National Flag is called, represents all the hues that constitute the nation. The Flag is seen as a symbol of unity, one that binds every individual in this country irrespective of caste, creed or gender and evokes in them a sense of patriotism. It acts as a reminder of the responsibilities they need to carry out to ensure peace, harmony and unity in the country.
Power Minister , Piyush Goel visted Chandannagar in West Bengal where freedom fighters like Rash Behari Bose and kanailal Dutta were inspired to serve India. Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad visited Bardoli in Gujarat to pay homage to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Textile Minister, Smiriti Irani led the Tiranga Yatra in Karnataka and paid her tribute to the martyrs in Vidurashwatha. Cricketer Virender Sehwag and Fashion Designer Ritu Beri also participated in the Tiranga Yatra in Delhi along with Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
The week-long Yatra received a strong response from the party cadres with hundreds of supporters accompanying the Ministers on their bikes.
MoS for Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, in his address to the media in Meerut on the concluding day of the Tiranga Yatra termed the Yatra as a successful one.
Despite the stark contrasts from region to region, it is heartening to see our leaders come forward and do their bit towards creating awareness about the rich legacy of our country.