Mysuru, October 24:- India’s freedom struggle has its own unforgettable history. How many freedom fighters had to sacrifice their precious lives is anybody’s knowledge. “It is a day to remember the contribution of senior freedom fighters. Instead of commemorating their struggle, felicitating MLAs with awards is not right,” said senior freedom fighter D S Jagadish.
He was speaking after inaugurating 72nd ‘Mysuru Chalo’ at the Freedom Fighters Park at Subbarayanakere near Shantala Theatre in the city on Wednesday.
“Though India got independence on August 15, 1947, Mysuru continued to be under king’s rule for some time. When the protest for democracy increased day by day in the Old Mysuru region, Mysuru dynasty, which was then ruled by Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, was dissolved on October 27 to help constitute an independent government in the state. From that day onwards, every year, October 27 is being celebrated to mark ‘Mysuru Chalo’ movement.”
Throwing more light on the struggle, Jagadish said, “When the protest was going on for democracy, more than 10 people died in firing and hundreds of people got injured. Around 10,000 people were jailed. After 42 days of intense protest, the kings agreed to fall in line. Without remembering the freedom fighters, the government is honouring MLAs with awards,” he added.
President of Freedom Fighters’ Association, M G Krishnamurthy and others were present. (MR/KS)