Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced to install a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate on Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary to honour his contribution to the independence movement. Until the installation is completed, a hologram of Netaji will be projected at the site of the statue.
Starting this year, the Republic Day celebrations will begin from January 23 instead of January 24 in order to include Netaji’s birth anniversary. “At a time when the entire nation is marking the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I am glad to share that his grand statue, made of granite, will be installed at India Gate. This would be a symbol of India’s indebtedness to him,” PM Modi had said in a tweet.
In February, 2021, in his reply to the Motion of Thanks by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rajya Sabha, PM Narendra Modi referred to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as the ‘First Prime Minister’ of India.
While quoting Bose on the concept of nationalism, PM Modi said, “Our democracy is not a Western institution by any standards. It is a human institution. Indian history is replete with examples of democratic institutions. We have records of 81 democracies in ancient India. Today, it is important to make the citizens aware about nationalism, at a time when India is under attack from all corners.”
PM Modi further emphasised, “India’s nationalism is not narrow-minded, selfish or aggressive. It is inspired by the values embodied in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Truth, Godliness and Beauty)… Dear Chairman, this was said by the First Prime Minister of the First government of Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army).”
The presence of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate is a long awaited correction of history.
A leader who fought imperialism and compelled decolonization is being fittingly recognized. pic.twitter.com/1tIWajDFMp
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 23, 2022
Earlier, on 23rd January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declassified Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files on the freedom fighter’s birth anniversary. “Today is a special day for all the Indians. Declassification of Netaji files starts on Saturday. Will go to National Archives myself for the same,” Modi said in a tweet.
In another tweet, Modi said: “Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His bravery and patriotism endears him to several Indians across generations.” Modi also released digital copies of 100 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose following the government’s decision to declassify files on the freedom fighter. The files, digitised and given “preliminary conservation treatment” by the National Archives of India, will be released on the birth anniversary of Bose.
This whole series of events is a testimony to the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dedicated to restore and reclaim the glory of India’s lost and forgotten heroes. In one of his address to the public, PM Modi said, “We are rectifying mistakes of history which didn’t honour deserving leaders and warriors. History of India is not only the history written by colonial powers or those with colonial mindset”