In Photos:  The Quit India Movement

By Shreesha Ghosh

August 7, 2022

Bharat Choro Andolan

Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru are seen here conversing during the historic meeting in Bombay of the All India Congress Committee. Here's where the ‘Quit India’ resolution was adopted demanding that the British leave India.

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The Clarion Call

Mahatma Gandhi addressed a massive crowd at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai in 1942. There he called upon his countrymen to launch the Quit India Movement, which became a crucial part of India’s freedom struggle.

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Make them Quit

“The mantra is- 'do or die'. We shall either free India or die in the attempt; we shall not live to see the perpetuation of our slavery,” said Mahatma Gandhi in his fiery speech in Mumbai, calling out to the people of India in a final push to make the British quit.

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Support of countrymen

Following the call for the Quit India Movement, police used tear gas to disperse the large crowd that had gathered at Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai.

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A failed mission

The Cripps Mission was headed by a senior British minister called Sir Stafford Cripps. It was an attempt by the British to secure support and cooperation from India for World War II but failed miserably, leading to the onset of the Quit India Movement.

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The power of the tricolour

The Indian national flag was hoisted for the first time during the Quit India Movement. The tricolour had become a major symbol of resistance and protest against the British. In this photo, protesters in Mumbai are seen carrying the flag.

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Freedom is all  we want

This photo shows freedom fighters attending a dharna during the Movement and demonstrating with 'Boycott British' textiles banners in Gujarat in 1942.

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Hoist the flag

Aruna Asaf Ali was the freedom fighter who hoisted the Indian national flag at the Gowalia Tank Maidan during the Quit India Movement. When prominent leaders and workers were arrested, she took charge of leading the All India Congress Committee.

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