Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually unveil the model of a proposed memorial honouring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on January 23, to mark the 126th anniversary of the freedom fighter’s birth.
On Ross Island, which was renamed Netaji Island in 2018, the proposed memorial will be built. In addition to a restaurant lounge, it will have a museum, a cable car ropeway, a laser and sound show, a guided heritage walk through old buildings, and a children’s amusement park with a theme.
The Prime Minister will address the nation after the virtual inauguration of the model, at which point he will reveal that 21 of the archipelago’s uninhabited islands will be named after recipients of the Param Veer Chakra.
The ceremony will be broadcast live during a gathering in the auditorium of Port Blair’s Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Technology. The event’s chief guest will be Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who will arrive in Port Blair on January 23.
At Netaji Stadium in Port Blair, he will hoist the flag, which will be followed by a speech in front of the public. This is the same location where the commander-in-chief of the Indian National Army (INA) raised the tricolour on December 30, 1943. Gymkhana Ground was the name of the stadium at the time.
A number of events will take place in Port Blair, including the screening of a documentary on the famed freedom fighter’s birth anniversary celebrations and a dance ballet about Netaji’s life that was choreographed by renowned dancer Tanusree Shankar.
The Azad Hind administration formally took control of the Japanese-occupied Andaman and Nicobar Islands on December 29, 1943. Shah has not visited Port Blair since 2021 when he came to participate in the “Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,” a series of activities put on by the Center to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.