Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Subhas Chandra Bose on Monday in remembrance of his “unparalleled contribution to India’s history” on the occasion of his 126th birthday.
PM Modi tweeted, “Today, on Parakram Diwas, I pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose & recall his unparalleled contribution to India’s history. He will be remembered for his fierce resistance to colonial rule. We are working to realise his vision for India.”
In 2021, the government designated January 23 as Parakram Diwas to mark the anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth. On today’s Parakram Diwas, PM Modi is also slated to virtually take part in a ceremony renaming the Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ 21 largest unnamed islands in honour of the 21 recipients of the Param Vir Chakra.
The model of the National Memorial honouring Netaji that will be erected on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep will also be unveiled by PM Modi, according to an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
During the prime minister’s visit to the island in 2018, Ross Islands was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep in recognition of Netaji and the historical significance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep were also given to Neil Island and Havelock Island, respectively.
The statement from the PMO read, “Giving due respect to the real-life heroes of the country has always been accorded the highest priority by the Prime Minister. Going ahead with this spirit, it has now been decided to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of the island group after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees.”
Netaji, who was born on January 23, 1897, was a significant figure in the Indian independence movement. The Azad Hind Fauj was founded by Subhash Chandra Bose. Although Bose’s death in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, remains controversial, the Central government confirmed that he had died in the incident, in a 2017 RTI (Right to Information).