Congress Radio

Congress Radio was a clandestine and underground radio station, which operated for about three months during the Quit India Movement of 1942, a movement launched by Gandhi against the British Raj for independence of India. Congress Radio was the broadcasting mouthpiece of the Indian National Congress, and functioned from different locations from Bombay, currently known as Mumbai. It was organized by Usha Mehta (1920–2000), a veteran freedom fighter of India with the help of ham radio operators.[1] Her other associates for organizing the Congress Radio included Vitthaldas khakar, Chandrakant Jhaveri, and Babubhai Thakkar. The technicians and the equipment were supplied by Nanik Motwane of Chicago Radio, Mumbai. Eminent personalities like Ram Manohar Lohia, Achyutrao Patwardhan, and Purushottam Trikamdas were also associated with the Congress Radio.

On 14 August 1942, within a week of launching of the Quit India Movement, the Secret Congress Radio, went on air, with Dr. Usha Mehta herself broadcasting this announcement:
"This is the Congress Radio calling on (a wavelength of) 42.34 meters from somewhere in India."[2]

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  1. ^ "A buzz in the air: An excerpt from 'Congress Radio: Usha Mehta and the Underground Radio Station of 1942'". The Hindu. 14 August 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  2. ^ The Print (26 January 2021). "The underground Congress radio during freedom struggle and 22-yr-old woman behind its voice". Archived from the original on 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.

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