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1857 rebels showed the way to move ahead: Mani Shankar(Lead:First War-Update)

Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that the rebels of the 1857 war against the British colonial rule showed the way to take the nation forward towards independence.

Meerut/New Delhi, May 7 : Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that the rebels of the 1857 war against the British colonial rule showed the way to take the nation forward towards independence.

"They have shown the world that we can count on them to take forward the nation, maintaining its independence, power and prosperity, without forgetting the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and the ideals of truth and non- violence this country was founded on," Aiyar said, after flagging off the National Youth Rally from Kranti Park to commemorate the 150th year of the1857 war.

The rally will stop at three places -- Modinagar, Muradnagar and Ghaziabad-before entering Delhi on May 11.

Around 30, 000 youths, including over 6, 000 women from 623 districts of the country will participate in the rally.

After covering a distance of around 80 kilometres, the rally, on its arrival to Delhi on May 11, will be addressed by Congress president and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

A parallel 'march' of a different sort was also spotted following the main procession. A group of physically challenged people on hand-pedalled tricycles said they would wheel all the way to New Delhi.

"We have organised this tricycle rally to mark our first freedom struggle. We will wheel in face of all probable attempts by the administration to stop us on the way," said Aayush, part of the tricycle march.

Yesterday, Aiyar had called upon youths to uphold the ideals of national integration, secularism and unity in diversity to carry forward the message of the 1857 martyrs.

Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeshwar was also present at the function organised on the eve of the rally.

A book titled "Meerut 1857 Sanjhi Shahadat ke Kuch Phool" was also released on the occasion.

The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a prolonged period of armed uprisings in different parts of the country against British occupation.

This war brought about the end of the British East India Company's rule in India, and led to direct rule by the British Government of much of the Indian subcontinent for the next 90 years.

ANI

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