The Symbolism of the Great Netaji Statue at India Gate

The symbolism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to install a large statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate is immense. Through this bold step, a paradigm shift from colonial thinking on the issue, the prime minister honored Netaji’s legacy and reclaimed his idea of ​​nationalism. Unveiling a huge statue of Netaji anywhere in India is one thing, but installing it on India’s capital’s most important road, The Rajpath, which overlooks the National War Memorial and Central Vista, is one thing. another. To put it in simple terms, this means that the government finally accepts the documented evidence that the British had to leave India because of Netaji and the Indian National Army (INA). And that is why the Center decided to replace the statue of King George V with that of the winner, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Bose was the first Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Free India, a government-in-exile established in Japanese-occupied Singapore on October 21, 1943. Azad Hind was a legitimate government with its own territory, army, people, currency and diplomatic relations; it has been recognized by more than seven countries. Thus, it is clear that it was Bose who replaced King George V once the British left India. According to researcher and author Anuj Dhar, who is also the founder-trustee of a nonprofit organization, Mission Netaji, “Congress governments had no intention of removing the statue of King George V from the canopy near India Gate. This had to be forcibly removed in 1968, when agitated citizens threw stones at it, breaking its nose and ears, and placed Netaji’s pictures there. After that, successive governments proposed to Parliament to install a statue of Gandhi there, even this was accepted by the Cabinet in 1993, but it never materialized.

Mission Netaji campaigns for the declassification of documents concerning Bose:

Members of Mission Netaji with PM Modi.

“We started it sixteen years ago with the dream of uncovering the truth about Netaji, spreading his legacy and ensuring that he gets the prominence he deserves. We met many eminent personalities in India and abroad, used all legitimate and legal measures to dig out the truth from all over the world.We used all forms of media to highlight our findings and present them to as many people as possible.During the 4 to 5 first few years, we started to feel the change in the people around us, they became more receptive and eager to know more about Bose, but nothing more happened.

We were sure that it was politics that had pushed Subhas Chandra Bose out of the national narrative and that it had to be politics that would bring him back. It wasn’t until people took to the streets and demanded the truth that politics took notice. Every time a sensational document was discovered by us and released to the media, we hoped that it might do the trick, that it might wake them up, but nothing did. One of our findings was that the Nehru government was spying on Subhas Bose’s family. This story continued in the media for almost a week in September 2015, after which the government of West Bengal, led by Mamata Bannerjee, decided to declassify 64 files relating to Netaji. His death has been mired in mystery and conspiracy theories surrounding his death have multiplied over the decades. The Indian people must know the truth. Even the Bose family demanded the declassification of the Bose records.

In October 2015, the Netaji Mission team was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his residence. He heard us and promised to do everything possible to help uncover the truth and establish Netaji’s legacy. He kept his word and since then a number of files/documents have been declassified by this government. However, there are still many files that hold the key to the truth about Netaji’s death. Modiji has also taken numerous steps to ensure that Netaji’s legacy lives on, starting with involving INA men in the Republic Day parade, establishing an INA museum in the Fort Rouge, installing a statue of Netaji in Port Blair and renaming Ross Island after Bose. Republic Day celebrations will now start from January 23, which the government has decided to celebrate as “Parakram Diwas” to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji. It looks like the government is preparing the nation and its citizens for a bigger announcement on Independence Day this year. We, the members of Mission Netaji, would like to thank the government and everyone who participated in the decision-making process to make this happen.”

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