Names 21 islands in Andamans after decorated soldiers
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday virtually unveiled the model of a proposed memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, to be set up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and said it will infuse feelings of patriotism among people. Modi, on the occasion of Netaji’s 126th birth anniversary, also named 21 islands of the Union Territory after Param Vir Chakra awardees.
He noted that the islands will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.
The PM also said that attempts were made to downplay Netaji’s contribution to the freedom movement, but the entire country, right from Delhi and Bengal to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is paying tribute to the great hero today, preserving history and heritage associated with him.
He also pointed out that demands to make Netaji’s files public were made by many for long, and his government has done that.
Netaji will be remembered for his fierce resistance to colonial rule, he stated.
“Today, it is a proud moment for me as I address the people of Andamans because this is the land, where Subhas Chandra Bose unfurled the national flag for the first time in 1943,” he said.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah lauded the initiative to christen the 21 islands, and said this effort will be a source of encouragement for the country’s armed forces.
He also said that the cellular jail in the Union Territory, where many freedom fighters were incarcerated, is no less than a “pilgrimage site”.
The islands include Dhan Singh Island after Lieutenant Colonel (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa, Tarapore Island after Lt Col Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore, Karam Singh Island after Lance Naik (Hony. Captain) Karam Singh, Bana Island after Naib Subedar Bana Singh, Ekka Island after Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Khetrapal Island after 2nd Lt Arun Khetrapal, Pandey Island after Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Hoshiar Island after Major Hoshiar Singh, Shaitan Island after Major Shaitan Singh, Jadunath Island after Nayak Jadunath Singh, Yogender Island after Subedar Major (Hony. Captain) Yogendra Singh Yadav, Hamid Island after Company Quartermaster Havildar (CQMH) Abdul Hamid, Rane Island after 2nd Lt Rama Raghoba Rane, Ramaswamy Island after Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, Batra Island after Captain Vikram Batra, Joginder Island after Subedar Joginder Singh, Salaria Island after Captain G S Salaria (then Major), Piru Island after Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, Somnath Island after Major Somnath Sharma, Sekhon Island after Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon and Sanjay Island after Subedar Major (then RifleMan) Sanjay Kumar. (Agencies)