1.August Kranti Maidan, Bombay(Mumbai)
Gandhi ji issued a call for the Quit India Movement on 8th August 1942 at the famous August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. It was a call to mobilize the masses with a commitment of ‘Do or Die’. This movement was very strong and the British realized that they had lost their hold on India. Though many leaders were arrested, patriots led by Aruna Asaf Ali still managed to hoist the Indian flag. The British tried to suppress this movement through lathi charge and tear gas.
2. Chaura Chauri, Uttar Pardesh
Chauri Chaura is a small town in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. It is famous for Chauri Chaura Incident, in which first the police killed several peaceful demonstrators and angry mob in retaliation set the police Chowki (Police Station) on fire thereby killing 22 policemen. After Chauri Chaura incident Gandhi called of the movement because he thought that the movement had lost its non-violent nature.
3. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
Reached through a gatehouse on the road to the Golden Temple, this poignant park commemorates the 1500 Indians killed or wounded when a British officer ordered his soldiers to shoot on unarmed protesters in 1919. Some of the bullet holes are still visible in the walls, as is the well into which hundreds desperately jumped to avoid the bullets.\
4. Sabarmati Ashram,Ahmedabad
This was one of the epicentres of the freedom movement. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, it was originally called the Satyagraha Ashram. It was the grounds for Mahatma Gandhi to train activists to join his non-violent, civil disobedience and Swadeshi movements for Independence. Gandhi ji lived there for 12 years.
5 .Barrackpore, Kolkata
This is the place where the famous freedom fighter Mangal Pandey rose in rebellion against the British and wounded two officers with his sword. His act of defiance and hanging in 1857 led to the First War of Independence. Mangal Pandey Garden is the place where he was hung. The park is commemorative of his fight against the British, enabling us gain our Independence. There is a bust of Mangal Pandey immortalising him as an integral part of the freedom movement in India.
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