PM Narendra Modi inaugurates ‘Kranti Gatha’ a newly created Gallery of Indian Revolutionaries inside an underground British – era bunker at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan has been a witness to the democratic incidence in past decades. He said, it has also been a testimony to the resolutions which were taken as oaths for the well-being of the country. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the ‘Kranti Gatha’ a newly created Gallery of Indian Revolutionaries inside the underground British – era bunker at Raj Bhavan Mumbai and Jal Bhushan, the new residence and office of the Governor of Maharashtra.

The PM said, the new residence of the Governor will give new energy to the governance of Maharashtra. He said, as said by Governor Koshyari, the Raj Bhavan will work as a Lok Bhavan and will serve to give a ray of hope for the people of the state.

He said, Mumbai Raj Bhavan is akin to the culture of Maharashtra which manifests courage, dedication, spirituality and the freedom fight. The Prime Minister said, this place also saw the downfall of colonial rule and the hoisting of the tricolor with pride. The revolutionaries who have got a place in the gallery of revolutionaries will further strengthen the patriotic values.

Maharashtra has inspired the country in various fields. Talking about social reform; from Sant Tukaram to Babasaheb Ambedkar there is a prosperous heritage of social reformers. Maharashtra has given innumerable freedom fighters, he added.

He said, by seeing the expansion of the sea from the Darbar Hall, we fondly remember the valour of Swantantrya Veer Savarkar.

Mr. Modi said, no matter what was the social, family and ideological differences, the place of agitation; be it anywhere in the country or abroad, the aim was common-the country’s total independence.

Citing the example of Ghadar Party, the Prime Minister said, the country’s freedom struggle was local and global at the same time. He said, Ghadar Party was national from the heart but had a global scale. He added, that India’s freedom struggle inspired other country’s to fight for their freedom struggle in the world.

He said, Shyamji Krishna Varma’s India House in London was a place frequented by Indians. The mission here too was to free India from colonial rule.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Shyamji Krishna Varma’s India House had become a place of pilgrimage for the freedom fighters in London. He said, Shyamji Krishna Varma died in the year 1930. The PM said, the late leader had made a wish that his ashes be immersed in India when the country gets independence.

Mr. Modi informed that the ashes could have been immersed on the second day when the country got independence way back in 1947. However, it took 73 long years, adding that he was fortunate enough to bring his ashes back in 2003 from London and immersed at his birthplace in Gujarat.