Netaji statue in Delhi: The unveiling of Netaji’s statue is more than a show of national pride; it’s also a statement to the rest of the world, as India rises up to pay tribute to a revolutionary who fought on the losing side in World War II.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a digital monument of liberation fighter and former Indian National Army (INA) leader Subhas Chandra Bose today at the India Gate canopy, which originally held the statue of King George V, the country’s imperial icon against whom Netaji battled his entire life. Amit Shah, India’s home minister, and G Kishan Reddy, India’s cultural minister, will also be present as India commemorates Netaji’s 125th birthday.
While both the PM and the HM are expected to speak at the event, the erection of a granite statue of Netaji under the canopy honors the INA commander as one of India’s outstanding independence warriors.
The INA was the force that suffered the most loss of life (26,000 out of a total of 90,000) yet never surrendered to the British. Its officers and soldiers were apprehended and tried, but they never signed any surrender papers in front of the British. (Netaji statue in Delhi)
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue will be placed were George V’s statue was till 1968, beginning this evening. The imperial monarch for whom the Delhi Durbar was conducted in 1911, with nearly all of India’s governing princes and noblemen in attendance to pay their homage to the newly crowned Emperor of India. It’s also appropriate that Netaji will be saluting the Republic Day parade every year from now on.
The unveiling of Netaji’s statue is more than a show of national pride; it’s also a statement to the rest of the world, as India rises up to pay tribute to a revolutionary who fought on the losing side in World War II. According to sources, Prime Minister Modi did not make the decision to place Netaji’s monument on the spur of the moment, but rather after extensive consultations with the cultural ministry and those in charge of historical archives. Netaji’s statue, according to a former foreign secretary, is also a declaration of India, which will no longer be assessed by western/chopsticks culture or requirements.
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