Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday launched Radio Azad Hind- the first radio in the country which is dedicated to the values of the freedom struggle and self-rule.

On this occasion, Chouhan stressed uopn the need to make the new generation aware about the facts of India’s freedom struggle. He added that independence was not attained only by the non-violence, invaluable contribution of the revolutionaries cannot be forgottenalso. He further said that it was the bounden duty of every patriotic citizen to rekindle and perpetuate the memories of martyrs.

The Chief Minister in his inaugural broadcast said the dream of a radio channel dedicated to revolutionaries of the freedom movement and memories of immortal martyrs has come true.

He hoped that Radio Azad Hind would broadcast teachings and messages of great freedom fighters and also pay a decisive role in transforming the society by giving emphasis on education, cultural and developmental work.

The Chief Minister requested people associated with the broadcast of Radio Azad Hind to prepare programmes based on events of the freedom movement, lives of revolutionaries and their contributions which would inspire listeners towards patriotism and create a sense of pride.

Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma said Radio Azad Hind is being launched on the auspicious occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. He said that the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand would also be celebrated in the state. A high-level committee headed by the Chief Minister is being constituted to chalk out a series of programmes during the year.

Radio Azad Hind can be heard on 90.8 megahertz daily from 7 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had set up Radio Azad Hind 70 years ago on March 25, 1942. It has been launched to commemorate this day.