Today, on 122nd Birth Anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, several political leaders across the party lines remember the contribution of the freedom fighter on the day. Netaji had earlier been a member of the Indian National Congress, later went on to form the Indian National Army or INA (popular as Azad Hind Fauj), to fight against the British. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate a museum at Red Fort to commemorate his contribution to India’s freedom struggle.
Last year, on 23rd January, PM Modi had also renamed three islands of Andaman and Nicobar to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji, as he is popularly called. Neil Island, Ross Island, and Havelock Island were renamed by PM Modi as Shaheed Dweep, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and Swaraj Dweep respectively.
Today, a number of political leaders have taken to social media to commemorate Netaji’s 122nd birthday.
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind tweeted saying Netaji “remains one of our most beloved national heroes.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a video with archive footage of Subhash Chandra Bose, reads: “I bow to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his Jayanti.”
In the same tweet, PM Modi also said that Netaji was “a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free.”
Congress also remembered Netaji saying on his birthday, said acknowledged him as “a true nationalist, a defiant patriot.”
Subhash Chandra Bose was a true nationalist, a ‘defiant patriot’ and one of the country’s greatest freedom fighters. He will always be remembered by all for his role and contribution in the development of Indian National army and serving Congress as one its strongest President ever.
BJP President Amit Shah is a Hindi tweet said, Netaji was “raised a sustained campaign against British rule.”
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted his tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose on Netaji Jayanti.
In a tweets, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said, “He ignited patriotism among the people and inspired them to sacrifice everything for the freedom of the motherland.” In the tweet, he further said that Netaji is “an icon of India’s freedom movement.”
Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted, saying Netaji was a “fearless nationalist and hero of the masses.”
Newly-elected Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot tweeted saying, Netaji was a “valour, patriotism and leadership would always be an inspiration for generations to come.”
Talented sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik tweeted sand art creation by his juniors, commemorating Netaji at Puri beach in Odisha.
PM Modi in his speech in October 2018 said, “His ideology was nationalism… He lived by it. All over the world, people took inspiration from Netaji Subhash Bose in their fights against colonialism and inequality. We remain committed to fulfilling Netaji’s ideas and building an India he would be proud of.”