Parliament lauded the performance of Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra and others for their performance at the Tokyo Olympics; paid homage to freedom fighters on the occasion of the Quit India Movement anniversary.
New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament on Monday (August 9) paid rich homage to freedom fighters on the occasion of the Quit India Movement anniversary.
Parliament also lauded the performance of Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra and others for their exemplary performance at the just concluded Tokyo Olympics with thumping of desks.
On August 9, 1942, the Quit India Movement was launched under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, which resulted in freedom of the country from British rule a few years later, on August 15, 1947.
In Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla said the launch of The Quit India Movement was an important feature of India's freedom struggle.
"On this occasion we pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs," he said, adding the day should inspire every citizen to work for the unity and progress of the country.
"We should also rededicate ourselves to the principles of those great leaders," he said.
“In Rajya Sabha, chairperson and Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu recalled Mahatma Gandhi's 'Karo ya Moro' slogan. He said soon after the movement's launch, the Britishers realised it would be difficult for them to continue their rule in India.”
The spirit of the Quit India Movement should guide us to eradicate inequality, illiteracy, corruption, casteism, communalism and criminalities, he said.
In reference to India's record performance in Tokyo Olympics, Lok Sabha Speaker said, "India won 7 medals this time including one gold, two silver and four bronze. Till today, this is India's best performance."
"I am confident the performance of Indian players in the Tokyo Olympics will give a new booster to the younger generation," Mr Birla said.
Rajya Sabha chairperson Mr Naidu described India's achievements in the Olympics as "commendable."
"The Tokyo Games turned out to be the best Olympic moment for our nation," he said.
Mr Naidu said Neeraj Chopra's milestone was in effect a 'statement' that "we too can do it".
"The number of medals in the Olympics do matter as they reflect sporting prowess of many nations and the medals also add to the global perception of emerging economies," the RS chairperson said.
He expressed hope that henceforth Indian sports personalities would develop a "habit of winning".
Mr Naidu also lauded the existing sports facilities in Punjab and Haryana and said other states should emulate them.