Chandigarh, Nov 4 (UNI) Haryana Governor A R Kidwai today said that parks would be set up in all districts to commemorate the memory of martyrs so as to inspire the youth.
The Governor was speaking at a two-day seminar, "1857 and Haryana", organised by Galib Institute and Haryana Urdu Academy in New Delhi yesterday.
Dr Kidwai said that by remembering the supreme sacrifices made by great patriots for the freedom of the country, the feeling of patriotism got strengthened and also inspired us to take the country ahead on the path of progress.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the litterateurs played a significant role not only during the first war of freedom of 1857, but even after the freedom movement. He said that patriotic slogans and songs like 'Inqulab Jindabad' and 'Sarfirosh ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai, Dekhna Hai Jor Kitna Bajua Katil Mein Hai' used to remain on lips of the countrymen.
Mr Hooda said that Mirza Galib was also witness to the first war of freedom and had specially mentioned it in his couplets. He said that Mirza Galib was related to Haryana as close relations of his in-laws used to live in the then Loharu and Ferozepur estates. The people of these areas had helped Mirza Galib during his hard days, he added.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the significant role played by the brave men of Haryana during the freedom struggle of the country and added that the movement for freedom was first ignited in Ambala Cantt. The brave soldiers of Haryana had revolted against the British forces nine hours prior to the start of agitation in Meerut on May 10, 1857.
Mr Hooda announced to give Rs 2.50 lakh to Galib Institute.
He also released a book entitled as "Sarjuzashata-a-inquilab 1857" written by Secretary, Haryana Urdu Academy, Dr K L Zakir and Secretary, Galib Institute, Mr S R Kidwai.