After the decision to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday (23rd January) as a day of valour, the Centre has taken another decision to honour the country’s martyrs. Every year on 30th January i.e. Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, Martyrs’ Day is celebrated within the country. In the new order, the central government has asked everyone to observe two-minute silence on Martyrs’ Day. The Centre took this step to pay tribute to our country’s martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.
This time, the Central Government has issued new guidelines for the Martyrs’ Day. Amid the pandemic, the Central Government clarified that the Martyrs’ Day will be celebrated but with necessary precautions in place. The country’s martyrs who gave the ultimate sacrifice will be remembered and honoured.
Essential guidelines have also been issued by the Union Home Ministry to all the state governments and union territories. The Centre has asked the states and UTs to ensure that no COVID-19 guidelines are breached within this period and tribute of two-minute silence is being paid within the territories. During this time, there will be a prohibition on daily-work and movement.
Mahatma Gandhi, the great freedom-fighter, is a prominent name in the narrative of India’s independence battle. On the evening of January 30; 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at the age of 78 by Nathuram Godse in the Birla House. He was a big believer in maintaining India as a secular and a violent-free country.
March 23 is also signified as Martyrs’ Day because great freedom-fighters like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s independence.