Over 70-years after country’s independence, four veterans of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s INA (Indian National Army) would march on January 26, Republic Day’s parade this year.
This would be the first time that the INA soldiers will participate in Republic Day parade, said Parade Deputy Commander Major General Rajpal Poonia.
The four veterans are aged between 97-years and 100-years, hailed from nearby areas of Delhi-NCR.
The senior-most INA soldier is around 100-years old, named Bhagmal, who is resident of Haryana’s Manesar had joined and fought for INA in 1942.
When asked why only four INA soldiers are participating, Poonia said that it was troublesome to find members of INA, who are still alive.
The other three INA soldiers include Chandigarh’s Parmanand Yadav, 98-years-old Lalti Ram from Panchkula, 97-years-old Hira Singh from Haryana’s Narnaul.
Indian National Army was founded by Ras Bihari Bose in 1942, led into war by Netaji, who had fought fierce battles with East India Company until the day of Independence.
However, the soldiers were never allowed to merge with the Indian Army concerning certain policies of the Indian government at that time.
Along with INA veterans, M-777 howitzers and K-9 Vajras PD propelled artillery guns would also be a part of the new entrants in 2019 at Rajpath.