PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations

The Chauri Chaura incident took place on February 4, 1922 at Chauri Chaura in the Gorakhpur district of British India. 

PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations  at Chauri Chaura in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing on February 4, 2021. 

The Prime Minister also released a postal stamp  dedicated to mark the beginning of centenary celebrations of  the Chauri Chaura incident. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present on the occasion.

Addressing the occasion, the Prime Minister that it is unfortunate that martyrs of Chauri Chaura incident have not been discussed as much as they should have been. He said that although, they have not been given significance in pages of history but their blood is in the soil of the country and keeps inspiring us.

PM Modi continued by saying that the incident of Chauri Chaura was not limited to a police station being set on fire, the message of the incident was huge. "Due to various reasons, it was treated as minor incident, but we should see it in context. The fire was not just in the station but in the hearts of people," said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister added that farmers have been behind the progress of the country and they played important role in Chauri Chaura struggle. He further emphasised that in the last six years, steps have been taken to make farmers self-reliant and as a result of this, agriculture sector has grown even during the pandemic.

Key Highlights 

The state of Uttar Pradesh is holding state-wide celebrations today to celebrate the centenary year of the historic Chauri Chaura incident. 

Special programmes will be conducted at the Samadhi of the martyrs in every district of the State. 

There were morning march pasts (prabhat pheris) in districts with school students, NSS and NCC cadets and scouts and guides taking part and holding banners and posters showcasing the valour and courage of the great freedom fighters. 

Many students and artists and people participated in a collective recitation of Vande Mataram at 10 am in the morning. 

Police bands will also play national tunes at martyriums, educational institutions and other places.  

A special cleanliness drive was held across the state yesterday. 

What is Chauri Chaura Incident?

The Chauri Chaura incident took place on February 4, 1922 at Chauri Chaura in the Gorakhpur district of British India. The Mahatma Gandhi-led Non-cooperation movement was underway then.

A large group of protesters participating in the Non-cooperation movement, clashed with police at Chauri Chaura who opened fire. 

In retaliation the protestors attacked the police and set fire to the police station, killing all the policemen inside. At least 22 policemen and three civilians were killed in the incident. 

Mahatma Gandhi, who was strictly against violence, called off the non-cooperation movement at the national level on February 12, 1922, after this tragic incident. 


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