Manays in the Quit India Movement

The Quit India Movement was launched at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8th-9th August 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British rule in India. This August is the 79th anniversary.

1992 was a special year in that it marked the 50th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. There were big celebrations planned all over the country, Bangalore included. It was but natural for the media, to search out people who saw 1942, and were still alive.

Don’t miss the YouTube video at the bottom of this post!

The Manay family residence in Bangalore had a close association with the Quit India Movement. Scindia House, at Sajjan Rao Circle, Vishweshwara puram, Bangalore, was the place where other freedom fighters of the city met and took shelter. My dad used to say that unknown people would be walking in and out of their house, through the day.

Quit India Movement in Bangalore
Procession in Bangalore during the Quit India Movement (Pic: Dore Chakravarty, Wiki Commons)

My paternal grandmother, Muthu Bai Manay (or Amma as we called her) was a member of the Congress since early days. She had lived at Sabarmati Ashram for some time, and along with her daughters, was active during the freedom struggle. They had even been jailed.

Muthu Bai Manay receiving a freedom fighter's award from Indira Gandhi
Muthu Bai Manay receiving a freedom fighter’s award from Indira Gandhi

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “Quit India”, Doordarshan Bangalore spoke to Muthu Bai Manay, and her daughters Hamsa Bai and Shakuntala Bai.

They talk about the things they did, how the family reacted, and show us the charka and some of the articles they preserved from those days. The women in this family were quite something! The programme focuses on Scindia House and was telecast as a Quit India Movement special, on 19th August 1992.

freedom story
Snippet from a freedom movement story

We had recorded the programme as it was being telecast, on VHS, and this is a digital conversion of that recording. Hear the memories of 1942 and the freedom movement.

Quit India Movement 50th Anniversary Special, August 1992

Also read: Remembering Muthubai Manay


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