Indians in Douala Observe Martyrs’ Day
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- 02 févr. 2023 13:43
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The event pays tribute to all freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for India.
H.E. J. Ravikumar, Indian Honorary Consul in Douala, has called on the Indian diaspora in Douala to remember and thank all those who fought for independence of their beloved country.
The call was made during the commemoration of the Indian Martyrs’ Day, which in Douala was took place on the same day as the Republic Day on January 26, 2023. Unlike the Republic Day which marks the going into force of the Constitution of India, Martyrs’ Day commemorates India’s national heroes or martyrs on January 30 every year.
H.E. J. Ravikumar oversaw the joint commemoration at the Seamen’s Club in Akwa, Douala, on January 26, 2023.
The Indians observed Martyrs’ Day or Shaheed Diwas to pay tribute to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country. The day is also marked as the death anniversary of the nation’s ‘Bapu’, Mahatma Gandhi. On this day in 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in the compound of Birla House after one of his routine multi-faith prayer meetings. Godse, a member of Hindu Mahasabha, blamed Gandhi for favouring the Muslim community during the partition of India in 1947.
Notably, Martyrs’ Day is also observed in India on March 23 to pay respect to Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, who was hanged death on this day in 1931.
In modern Indian history, Mahatma Gandhi remains one of the greatest freedom fighters in India. His thoughts and view of fighting against the British government influenced all Indians to come together and raise their voice. He chose a non-violent approach over guns and wars to achieve the Independence of India. Born on October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India, Mahatma ...
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