Kolkata, Mar 03 (UNI) With a view to celebrating the 150th anniversary of the First War of Indian Independence as well as 60 years of freedom, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has initiated a novel approach to educate the masses about our glorious freedom struggle in the form of the 'Azadi Express'.
Addressing a press meet here today to announce the itinerary and objective of the train, Additional Director General, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ira Joshi said, '' The exhibition is intended to take the people on a journey through time. It begins from an era when our country was one of the richest nations of the world, to a time when we were reduced to abject poverty. India fought back, emerged victorious and came firmly back on the road to achieve its past glory.'' The train, which started its journey from New Delhi on September 28, will travel all over the country, after which, it will cover the last leg of its journey from Meerut to Delhi, finally terminating on May 11, Ms Joshi informed.
The train will arrive in West Bengal at the Kharagpur station on March 6 and halt at all the major stations - Howrah, Sealdah, Barrackpore, Siliguri, New Bangaon - before proceeding to Dimapur in Nagaland on March 26.
The Azadi Express, which is scheduled to cover altogether 70 stations, has been registering overwhelming response, with almost thirty to sixty thousand persons witnessing the exhibition on an average per day, Ms Joshi informed.
The train, comprising 12 coaches, features the British East India Company Raj during the 17th century, the 1857 Revolt, the formation of the Indian National Congress in 1885, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919, the Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movements, the formation of the Indian Constitution in 1950, the Green and White Revolutions, among many other milestones.
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