NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unfurled the tricolour at the Red Fort on the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s declaration of the formation of India’s first independent government – the Azad Hind Government in 1943.
He also inaugurated a refurbished national police memorial in New Delhi and a newly-built museum for the khaki-donning forces.
Speaking at an event, PM Modi said that efforts are underway to make the lives of soldiers easier by extending them with better facilities and providing the armed forces with better technology and the latest weapons.
Modi took a jibe at Congress for “undermining the legacy of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose”, adding, “efforts were made to undermine the legacy of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and Sardar Patel to promote just one family”, in an indirect reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
“Netaji had promised an India where everyone has equal rights and equal opportunities. He had promised a prosperous nation which was proud of its traditions, development in all areas. He had promised to uproot ‘divide & rule’. Even after so many years those dreams remain unfulfilled,” PM Modi said at the event.
The Prime Minister also announced that a national award in the name of Bose will be given every year to police personnel who do excellent work in rescue and relief operations during any kind of disaster.
“From this year onwards, we will give an award in the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to police personnel who do exemplary work while rescuing and providing relief to people during the time of any disaster,” he said in his address.
Bose is considered as one of the heroes of the Indian freedom struggle, who still has a major following, especially in West Bengal where the BJP is trying to spread its organisational base.
The Azad Hind Government was founded on 21st October, 1943, by Neta ji Subhash Chandra Bose who was also the Head of State of this Provisional Indian Government-in-exile.