Monday, February 28

"... let every breath of yours give expression to it."

 My thoughts are on thousands who struggle to end their tyranny in North Africa and Middle East.  

8th August 1942, Bombay

“Here is a mantra, a short one that I give you. You may imprint it on your hearts and let every breath of yours give expression to it. The mantra is ‘Do or Die’. We shall either free India or die in the attempt. We shall not live to see the perpetuation of our slavery” 

             (With these words, Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated the Quit India Movement, ushering in a new phase in the glorious struggle for our Nation’s freedom.)

Harking to these words immediately, seven students set out to hoist the National flag in Patna. The British mercilessly shot them. 'Martyrs’ Memorial' sculptured by Shri Devi Prosad Roy Chowdhury, outside the Secretariat Building at Patna dramatise their bold act.
Stamp and photos from personal collection