PM Modi visited Port Blair to mark the 75th anniversary of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose’s declaration of the formation of the Azad Hind government in 1943. He hoisted 150-feet-high national flag at the same venue where Netaji had unfurled the flag 7.5 decades ago.
Background – In 1943, Subhas Chandra Bose had hoisted the flag after the Japanese captured the area during the Second World War.
Netaji’s grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose had explained the significance of the day, he had said, “Netaji, as the first prime minister of undivided India, visited Port Blair on 30th December 1943 and hoisted the tri-colour and liberated these islands from the clutches of British imperialism.”
Netaji had suggested back then that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep.
Renaming the islands – The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
Chandra Kumar Bose had earlier told ANI, “I am very happy to state that the NDA government has decided to rename three islands. I think it was the duty of the Congress government of that era to have done this on 30th of December in 1947 itself. But it took 72 long years to really honour the soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj, who fought the final battle for India’s freedom.”
Other highlights –
PM also said that to resolve the problem of sea erosion the government has decided to erect a sea wall. He then laid the foundation for the same.
The Prime Minister inaugurated a 7 MW solar power plant, and solar village and also laid foundation stone for a number of development projects.
The announcement was made for formation of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose deemed university.
Government release a commemorative postal stamp and a coin to mark the day.