On the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday felicitated 93 freedom fighters from across the country. This was his first 'At Home' reception in which he presented each of them with a gift that carried a personalised message.
According to the President's press secretary, Ashok Malik, each of the freedom fighters was gifted an electric kettle with a personalised message from Kovind.
"I extend warm greetings to you on the 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement. The nation is proud of our freedom fighters and salutes them. This small token is our people’s appreciation of your successful struggle against colonialism. I wish you happiness, good health and a long life," was the President's message on each gift.
The function was attended by outgoing Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other dignitaries. The President also released a set of eight commemorative postage stamps to mark the occasion.
The Parliament yesterday also held a special session to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, launched by Mahatma Gandhi, which later snowballed into enabling India gaining Independence from the British Rule in 1947.