Closing ceremony of year long celebrations of 150 years of India’s first war of independence tomorrow

for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports | Date - 09-05-2008

A year long celebration of 150 years of India’s first war of Independence will come to an end here, tomorrow. The concluding function of commemoration of 150 years of India’s first war of independence celebrations will be graced by Shri Arjun Singh, Minister for Human Resource Development as Chief Guest and presided over by Dr. M.S. Gill, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports. The programme would include Photo and Press Clipping Exhibition on 1857 programmes, screening of a documentary film and release of a book on “150 years of first war of independence” and speeches by eminent speakers.

As part of the efforts of the Union Government to celebrate the 150th year of India’s first war of independence, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) organized a national youth rally of more than 35,000 youth from all districts of India in May 2007 from Meerut to Delhi. The march symbolized the march of sepoys, who revolted against the British imperialism in May 1857. Prior to that in May 2006, a consultative meeting of historians was organized in which eminent historians participated.

NYKS also organized national convention to deliberate on the issues related to the commemoration of 150th anniversary of India’s first freedom struggle of 1857 in May 2006. The concluding session of the convention was graced by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The convention reached at an action agenda for the implementation of the commemoration programme. This was followed by zonal level convention of National Service Volunteers (NSV) and Nehru Yuva Sathis (NYS). The commemoration programme was organized in befitting manner in 2006-2007 in villages all over India with the help of village level youth organization, youth clubs and mahila mandals. Variety of programmes and activities were organized in the villages throughout the year. The National Youth Rally which started on May 7, 2007 from Meerut reached Red Fort, Delhi on May 11, 2007 where the participants were addressed by the Hon’ble President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA, Speaker Lok Sabha and the presence of several Union Ministers on ramparts of Red Fort made the event memorable and remarkable.

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India is the largest grass root level organization in the Asia-Pacific Region, bringing together rural youth enrolled through village-based organizations through Youth Clubs. It engages a large cross-section of society i.e. rural youth, representatives of Panchayat and social & cultural activists through capacity building programmes. NYKS promotes leadership, character development, community service, self-reliance, secularism, democracy and patriotism as the essential features for national development.

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