India is all set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Struggle for Independence. The parliament of India is going to organize the 150th anniversary of the 1857 struggle for Independence as the event related to freedom battle for the first time. The celebration program will begin from the Central Hall of Parliament.
According to the report, the idea to celebrate the 150th year of 1857 struggle as the beginning of the India’s national movement is the brainchild of CPM leadership. The CPM has decided to organise the event after Somnath Chatterjee’s visit of Lal Sadak at Hansi near Hissar. This was the place where thousands of rebels were mowed down by the British army during the 1857 freedom struggle.
According to the preparation plan, on May 10, there will be a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament that will be addressed by President A P J Abdul Kalam. The Presidential address would be followed by cultural events. The Vice-President Bharion Singh Shekhawat and the Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee would also address the Parliamentarians and invitee guests.
Later, Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor’s ghazals will be sung by Jagjit Singh. Writer Gulzar is also writing a song especially for that occasion. The daylong event will be ended with a sound-and-light show at Vijay Chowk that would state the story of the India’s first struggle of Independence.
Earlier, CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri had said that the year 2007 is not only the 150th year of First War of Independence, but also marks the 250th year of the Battle of Plassey and the 60th year of Indian Independence also.