World ? Asia ? India ? Mumbai

Kranti Divas (Freedom Day)


Mahatma Gandhi

Aug 2009 (annual)
Hours: 8am
Cost: Free
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On 9 August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement, a final push to rid India of British rule, at a public meeting in Mumbai. The park where he made his call is now known as the August Kranti Maidan and a commemorative meeting is held here every year to mark the anniversary of the movement.
A procession usually starts at Girgaum Chowpatty beach at 8am and winds its way to August Kranti Maidan. Here politicians and freedom fighters gather to acknowledge the importance of the Quit India Movement to India's achievement of Independence almost exactly five years later. A visit to the event is well worthwhile to see and listen to some of the few remaining living Indian freedom fighters.
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