Modi calls for joint efforts to create a new India


"Law and order forces have also not been able to control the communal forces", said Sonia.

Parliamentarians paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and recalled their sacrifices as both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha took up a special discussion on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement launched on this day in 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi.

"The "Quit India" anniversary reminds us that we can not and will not let the idea of India be a prisoner of a narrow, divisive, and conservative mindset. Now, how many more divisions will be enforced on us?" said NC leader. "We can't and we won't allow sectarian forces to succeed", she said, asking people to defeat such "repressive" forces. He said the menace of corruption has adversely impacted the development journey of the country.

Prime Minister Modi appealed to the people to create a nation on which the country's freedom fighters would be proud of. "We have to fight for Bharat, where everyone is free", she said, reading from a prepared statement.

Speaking at the Lok Sabha on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, Sonia said India cannot be allowed to be taken over communal and dark forces.

Without naming anyone, she said there were some organisations and people who did not participate in the "Quit India" movement, and thus made no contribution to India's Independence (from the British rule). The RSS has always denied it. "They are trying to impose their ideology on the country".

"We must not forget that some organisations have no role in Freedom struggle", Ms Gandhi said.

This is the same ground from where Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of "do-or-die" for independence.

"On the 75th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement, we salute all the great women & men who took part in the movement (sic)", he tweeted.

In 1942, the struggle against colonialism was a necessity, today the issues are different, stressed Modi by mentioning, among others, poverty, terrorism and ethnic and religious conflicts.

Earlier, PM Modi spoke in the House and said used Mahatma Gandhi's slogan "Do or Die" to stress on the need to tackle major national challenges. "It seems secular, democratic and liberals values are being endangered".