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Lucknow school kids take out rally to mark 150th year of 1857 revolt

School kids in Lucknow today took out a rally to commemorate the 150th year of the1857 armed revolt against British colonialists, a mutiny that sparked the countrys 100-year-long fight for independence.

Lucknow, May 9 : School kids in Lucknow today took out a rally to commemorate the 150th year of the1857 armed revolt against British colonialists, a mutiny that sparked the country's 100-year-long fight for independence.

Holding banners and placards, the children gathered at a historic tomb in the city and urged the younger generation to understand the real meaning of independence and freedom.

"We are celebrating the 150 years of mutiny of 1857 which was started by Mangal Pandey, Rani (queen) of Jhansi and all others. At least 32,000 children here are being told that we have to safeguard the independence. In the recent past, there have been attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. We want to tell the world that colonialism should end. If you are independent, et others also be free," said Ram Prakash, a teacher.

Children, holding a brave front in the sweltering heat, said they were inspired by the historical facts.

"We will always be ready to give our lives for the country. We will not even think twice to do anything for our motherland," said 13-year-old Akash.

About 10,000 young people from all over India have also begun a walk to celebrate the occasion, which started earlier this week from the historic city of Meerut.

The marchers will reach Delhi on May 11, exactly 150 years after the mutinous Indian soldiers stormed the walled city and attacked British officers and their families.

En route to Delhi, the rally would stop at three places-Modinagar, Muradnagar and Ghaziabad.

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.

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

Having started as an act of defiance by a handful of Hindu and Muslim soldiers who refused to use rifle bullets said to be greased with beef and pork fat, it became a popular revolt against the British occupation.

This war brought about the end of the British East India Company's rule in the country, 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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